Help the Sallies spread Christmas cheer
Christmas is the busiest time of year for The Salvation Army, says Porirua community ministries manager Geoff O’Halloran.
‘‘We are a church after all, but it’s also a busy time making sure our clients enjoy Christmas.’’
For some, December 25 can be no different to the day before, he said.
The Porirua centre delivers Christmas hampers and children’s presents to those who might otherwise miss out on the festivities.
They also hold an annual Christmas meal that fed a hundred people last year, and O’Halloran expects a similar amount this year, if not more, as word spreads.
‘‘It always amazes me how much people give- generosity is alive and well in Porirua.’’
The Salvation Army also has an Adopt a Family programme where families and businesses can give food parcels and kids’ presents to specific families in need.
It is O’Halloran’s first Christmas with the Sallies and he has been left ‘‘gobsmacked’’ by what people can do when they come together.
Wattie’s has teamed up with The Salvation Army to develop Cans for Good.
The initiative gets local chil- dren to donate a can to their school and Wattie’s match the donations, giving a can for every can donated.
The pupils then work together to make a design with their cans to enter the competition to win $500 for their school.
Hampton Hill School and Greenacres School were two that got on board and collected 270 cans for the The Salvation Army Tawa food bank.
Lieutenant Jess Bezzant attended both schools’ assemblies to explain what The Salvation Army did and the need for the foodbank in the community.
The Salvation Army Tawa extended their thanks to Hampton Hill School and Greenacres School for their participation and contribution to the ‘Cans for Good’ initiative.
HOW TO HELP People interested in donating to the Sallies can visit salvationarmy.org.nz or call 0800 53 00 00.
Food can also be donated through Countdown or the online foodbank at foodbank.org.nz. Presents can be donated through Kmart’s ‘Wishing Tree Appeal’.
Porirua Foodbank staff member Elizabeth Iona stands in front of donated cans