Sal­lies on merry-mak­ing mis­sion

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The Sal­va­tion Army is on a mis­sion to en­sure the en­tire com­mu­nity has a fes­tive Christ­mas.

Of­fi­cials are open­ing col­lec­tion points for presents around Toko­roa and is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity to con­trib­ute.

‘‘Christ­mas is al­most here again so soon; and there are many fam­i­lies that for one rea­son or an­other will not have a very merry Christ­mas,’’ he said.

Toko­roa Sal­va­tion Army Com­mu­nity Min­istries man­ager Colin Bri­dle said: ‘‘Last year we man­aged to sup­port 88 fam­i­lies and 278 chil­dren with Christ­mas ham­per and two presents for each child.’’

The presents and ham­pers were de­liv­ered by the So­cial Ser­vice Agen­cies on De­cem­ber 24.

‘‘The looks on many fam­ily’s faces where one of job, mixed with tears of grate­ful­ness. On Christ­mas Day we catered for 30 peo­ple that were el­derly or lived alone af­ter the Christ­mas Day ser­vice to a tra­di­tional Christ­mas din­ner with a few carols,’’ Mr Bri­dle said.

Col­lec­tion points for presents will be held at South Waikato News, Clas­sic Hits Ra­dio Forest­land, Count­down Toko­roa or The Sal­va­tion Army Com­mu­nity House.

GIVE A TOY A HOME: The Sal­va­tion Army is ask­ing for the com­mu­nity’s sup­port for its 2012 Give a Toy a Good Home Ap­peal.

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