Share the Christmas spirit
Christmas is usually a great time spent with family and close friends sharing gifts and a delicious Christmas lunch.
This year however, many Tokoroa families will struggle to put food on the table and presents under the tree but people can do something about it.
The Salvation Army with the help of South Waikato News, Classic Hits Radio Forestland and Countdown needs help to make Christmas special for children who may otherwise go without.
The ‘‘ Give a toy a good home appeal’’ is reaching out to people to give new or near new toys for children.
‘‘We ask that you give toys that you would give your own children,’’ community ministries manager Colin Bridle said. Toys and food can be left under the Christmas tree at South Waikato News or other participating businesses.
The Salvation Army will also be holding its annual Christmas lunch for the elderly and those living alone on Christmas Day at noon. To register please ring 886 9812 as there are limited places.
Mr Bridle said the cost of filling hampers and putting on Christmas lunch had risen and anyone wanting to help by giving money could do so by making cheques out to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. These could be dropped at the Salvation Army offices at 4 East Grampian St or sent to PO Box 567 Tokoroa.
TIME FOR GIVING: Salvation Army Community Ministries Manager Colin Bridle dons a pair of reindeer antlers. Although the occasion maybe jolly some Tokoroa families will face empty plates and no gifts under the tree.