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It’s that time of year again, when we’re all start­ing to think about Christ­mas, what to buy for fam­ily and friends, and per­haps mak­ing plans for a hol­i­day.

But spare a thought for the thou­sands of chil­dren who have a pretty mis­er­able time. Foster Hope North­land says the added stress of Christ­mas on some fam­i­lies means there are more chil­dren com­ing into their care.

It’s es­ti­mated there are around 5000 foster chil­dren in New Zealand, with North­land the third high­est area for fos­ter­ing in the coun­try. When they’re picked up from some­times dan­ger­ous homes, they of­ten only have the clothes on their backs.

Foster Hope does a fan­tas­tic job help­ing those kids, pro­vid­ing a back­pack of py­ja­mas, toys and tooth­brushes to each child that gets re­homed.

They also do a Christ­mas gift drive. There are nu­mer­ous dropoff points in North­land. Turn to page 6 to read the full story and find out how you can help.

Let’s put a smile on those kids’ faces and brighten up their Christ­mas a lit­tle.

- Jenny

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