Mak­ing Xmas happy for oth­ers

Havelock North Village Press - - Out And About - BY ROGER MORONEY

Ev­ery year mem­bers of the Have­lock North Ro­tary Club have en­joyed a Christ­mas get­to­gether where they bought and handed out gifts to one an­other.

But for this year’s din­ner there was a change of plan, and a change which will now stand for fu­ture Ro­tary Christ­mas din­ner gath­er­ings.

Club pres­i­dent John Pol­lard asked the club mem­bers to bring along a gift — but a gift for the Christ­mas Cheer Ap­peal rather than for each other.

The club mem­bers were more than happy to oblige, and the re­sult was a great spread of gifts for all ages which de­lighted Hast­ings cheer co-or­di­na­tor Jo Reyn­goud.

“We came away with a car full of gifts,” she said.

“They are a great group of peo­ple who were very in­ter­ested to hear about the ap­peal and what we did and who we helped.”

Along with the gifts there were also food items.

John said the sup­port for the ap­peal would now be­come an an­nual part of the club’s com­mu­nity ef­forts.

The cheer car was not the only stor­age space to be filled up.

Jo said she had filled “all the freez­ers avail­able” with frozen food items in the wake of cheer sup­port­ing com­pany McCain de­cid­ing to up the amount of goods for the ap­peal to close to a tonne.

Sev­eral peo­ple from the agen­cies which work in with the ap­peal had called to take what they could — and had filled their freez­ers as well.

“Just won­der­ful — ev­ery­one will get some fresh frozen greens in their Christ­mas parcels,” Jo said.

The ap­peal had also ben­e­fited from the gen­eros­ity of an­other lo­cal busi­ness, The Ap­ple Press.

They dropped off enough bot­tles of ap­ple juice to en­sure all the cheer parcels would have some. A long-time sup­porter also stopped by with her own gifts.

Jean Pen­telow has been knit­ting great things for the ap­peal for many years now and called in with colour­ful and beau­ti­ful dolls, blan­kets and items of cloth­ing to give some parcels a very spe­cial touch.

The Napier gift col­lec­tion was boosted by the skil­ful ef­forts of re­tired cab­i­net­maker Rod Wil­liams. He called into the Napier of­fice of Hawke’s Bay To­day with four boxes of beau­ti­fully made wooden puz­zles and wooden cars which will add a spe­cial touch to many parcels.

There were about 40 pure pine crafted pen­guins, ele­phants and rab­bits and about 30 t lit­tle cars.

He started bring­ing in hand­made items for the ap­peal a cou­ple of years ago and said he just en­joyed cre­at­ing some­thing “to make Christ­mas happy for some­one”.

The cash side of the ap­peal also got a gen­er­ous boost from the Li­on­ess Club of Have­lock North.

They put to­gether $300 for the cheer cause.

PHOTO / WAR­REN BUCKLAND

Have­lock North Ro­tary club pres­i­dent John Pol­lard and Hast­ings cheer co­or­di­na­tor Jo Reyn­goud check parcels do­nated by Have­lock North Ro­tary Club.

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