South Waikato gifts generously
Tis the season to be jolly but financial restraints mean it’s not always easy for many South Waikato families.
Every year the Salvation Army coordinates an annual Christmas Appeal with other local agencies so that those in need also experience the joy of Christmas.
The appeal includes putting together Christmas food hampers, gift hampers, and Christmas Day brunch thanks to donations.
Tokoroa Salvation Army corps officer Faye Molen said this year’s appeal has seen the number of people offering help grow.
‘‘We usually have around 15 businesses but this year we had around 20 financial donors and some of them have doubled what they gave last year so that is really cool,’’ she said.
‘‘We sent out letters to business but we have also had people walking in off the street with gifts because they want to help other people out and schools have also been making contributions.’’
‘‘It really is a demonstration of the community’s generosity and love for each other and I thank them for that,’’ she said.
Molen said 100 food hampers will be made up featuring a chicken, vegetables, pavlova, and branded soft drinks and chips.
‘‘The families are referred to us by agencies in town and this year we have done a bit of an upgrade on the hampers so we will be having real Coke, real Sprite, and pavlova to keep it a little bit Kiwi,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s just something nice for families to be able to make Christmas lunch with.’’
She said the Christmas gift hampers will be given to those families with children.
‘‘For a lot of these, Christmas is extra pressure and they want to create some kind of normal experience for their children but they can’t always do that so this is one way of trying to prevent people getting into debt,’’ she said.
‘‘The presents are all new and there have been all sorts.’’
Molen said some of the families that have received in the past will be giving back this time around.
‘‘This is about being generous so they have experienced it themselves and they want to share it,’’ she said.
The Christmas Day brunch will take place at the Salvation Army Corps in Balmoral Dr at 10am and bookings are essential. Drink driving Issues with alcohol are starting to flag up a bit with six people stopped for drink driving.
This is a high number which is not good, especially when most of the breath-alcohol levels were between 450 micrograms to 900 micrograms up. The legal limit is 250mcg.
People need to be thinking about better ways of getting home after social events and about taking more responsibility.
With Christmas coming up there will be a higher number of us out there so chances are you will get caught if you are driving home drunk. Burglaries We had seven burglaries for the week from which three offenders were arrested.
These included a 24-year-old male, a 18-year-old male, and a 21-year-old male. All three were arrested for separate burglaries and all three were locals.
One was arrested as a result of a member of the public alerting us to the area after they saw suspicious activity and the other two were arrested as a result of forensic evidence located at the scene.
All three have been remanded in custody and will spend the Christmas period inside as a result. Christmas I’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson.
‘‘It really is a demonstration of the community's generosity and love for each other.’’
Tokoroa Salvation Army corps officer Faye Molen.