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Christ­mas is ap­proach­ing and although it is a wel­comed time of the year, it also comes with prob­lems and pres­sures. Many fam­i­lies strug­gle to pro­vide for their chil­dren at any time of the year but the fes­tive sea­son can of­ten com­pound the prob­lem. Parents want to give their fam­i­lies the best me­mories of Christ­mas but bud­get re­stric­tions may not make this pos­si­ble. Some may opt to bor­row money to get through the hol­i­day sea­son but end up pay­ing for it, two-fold, in the New Year. Some­times this can lead to even fur­ther hard­ship and in some cases vi­o­lence or the de­struc­tion of a fam­ily unit. That’s why it’s im­por­tant to seek bud­get ad­vice be­fore head­ing into Christ­mas. Other help is avail­able, via so­cial ser­vices. It’s worth not­ing Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent lead­ers are a big part of the White-Out Walk ‘N’ Wheels event this month. The stu­dents have been work­ing with Build­ing Unity for a Safer Com­mu­nity and Starfish So­cial Ser­vices.

Lawrence Gullery

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