Valen­tine gifts can meet crit­i­cal needs

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

CHILDFUND New Zealand is of­fer­ing alternative gift so­lu­tions for Ki­wis strug­gling with ideas for Valen­tines Day this year.

ChildFund New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Brown said while the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries the or­gan­i­sa­tion as­sists cel­e­brate a wide va­ri­ety of tra­di­tions, Valen­tines Day isn’t one of them.

‘‘That’s not to say that love isn’t a pri­or­ity for the closeknit com­mu­ni­ties we work with, quite the op­po­site, for many that’s all they have. But the gifts we have in our sus­tain­able gift giv­ing cat­a­logues do of­fer quirky so­lu­tions for the ro­man­ti­cally cheeky among us who are search­ing for a more unique Valen­tine.’’

For any­one want­ing to cap­ture the love bug (while keep­ing other bugs out), the gift of a mos­quito net to a fam­ily in need overseas will send a mes­sage to your beloved, while giv­ing the fam­ily pro­tec­tion.

‘‘There is also merit in giv­ing a san­i­ta­tion kit if you want some­one to clean up their love life.’’

For the love-starved there’s a nutri­tion pack or fruit tree seedlings if you’re want­ing to send a more spe­cific mes­sage.

Or, if you want to tell some­one they are the light of your life but can’t put it into words, a so­lar lantern will let them know, while giv­ing chil­dren in need a safe and re­new­able light source.

‘‘Th­ese are af­ford­able gifts that keep on giv­ing long af­ter roses have per­ished and choco­lates have been de­voured, and are a true tes­ta­ment to lon­glast­ing love.’’

Buy­ers re­ceive a spe­cial gift card ex­plain­ing the gift and how it will ben­e­fit the re­cip­i­ent.

To or­der from ChildFund’s Gifts that Grow range, visit www.childfund.org.nz Buy­ers also get a ‘‘gift back’’ through a full tax credit.

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