Gifts give hope to foster kids
Christmas is a time for giving but spare a thought for children in Northland who sometimes don’t get any gifts.
Kerikeri Retirement Village is one of several businesses and organisations working with Foster Hope Northland as a collection point for gifts for children whose Christmas may not be so merry.
If you can help brighten Christmas for them, drop off a gift, with a tag indicating the gender and approximate age of the child it’s intended for, at the front reception for placing under their tree.
Other drop off points are at Puttsgreen Florist Kerikeri, Alfresco Restaurant in Paihia and Shackleton’s Unichem Chemist in Kaitaia.
Foster Hope will pick them up for distribution to the children in foster care. Foster Hope Northland coordinator Debbie Sutcliffe says gifts should be unwrapped and be for children aged from babies to teenagers.
‘‘Unfortunately at that time of the year it can be quite stressful for families and we do have more children coming into care.’’
Foster Hope Northland also make up backpacks to be given to children when they are removed from their homes. They contain toiletries and items such as books and soft toys.
‘‘What we do is a token gesture, but it can mean a lot to kids,’’ Sutcliffe says.
❚ Visit www.fosterhope.org.nz