Gifts give hope to foster kids

Northern News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JENNY LING

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

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