Gifts needed for refuge kids
Women’s Refuge is launching its Give a Gift appeal, asking Kiwis to donate presents to children affected by domestic violence this Christmas.
Bunnings stores are supporting the campaign by encouraging residents to drop off donations at their local store from December 1-21.
Women’s Refuge chief executive Dr Ang Jury says it can be common for women who are fleeing from violent relationships around Christmas to leave with nothing, which includes the presents under the tree.
In December last year, almost all of the Women’s Refuge safe houses around the country were at capacity, with 1629 children among the occupants.
“Christmas is a particularly stressful time of the year for most people, and the addition of family violence can seriously impactwhat is supposed to be a joyful and fun occasion for all,” says Ang.
“All of the wha¯nau we workwith during the festive season just want to give their kids a safe and happy Christmas— we believe every child deserves this. We need New Zealand’s help so that all the familieswe workwith can open a gift on Christmas day and celebrate the holiday with joy and dignity.”
Ang says while gifts are needed for all children doing it tough, teenage boys can often be forgotten at Christmas.