Share the Christ­mas spirit

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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