Gifts needed for refuge kids

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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.

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