Help make sea­son spe­cial for all

Rotorua Daily Post - - Local News -

They say you can judge a com­mu­nity by how it treats its most vul­ner­a­ble. So what bet­ter way to show­case Ro­torua’s sense of com­mu­nity than through this year’s Ro­torua Daily Post Christ­mas Ap­peal.

To­day, we launch our an­nual six-week ap­peal to col­lect as much food and money as we can for the Sal­va­tion Army Ro­torua Food­bank.

It’s my first year be­ing in­volved in this an­nual ap­peal but look­ing back on our ar­chives it seems it brings out the best in our com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery­one, every­where, from schools to re­tire­ment vil­lages has opened their pock­ets in pre­vi­ous years to give gen­er­ously to those who would oth­er­wise go with­out, and I’m hop­ing this year is no

"Tough times can hap­pen to any one of us — at any time and we, as a com­mu­nity, have the power to help those who need it."

dif­fer­ent. Tough times can hap­pen to any one of us — at any time — and we, as a com­mu­nity, have the power to help those who need it.

To­day, and over the next six weeks, my col­leagues and I will bring you rea­sons why this ap­peal is so im­por­tant.

Some sto­ries will be happy and joy­ous as com­mu­nity mem­bers band to­gether to give from their heart and their pantries.

Oth­ers will have a more se­ri­ous tone as we por­tray the dif­fi­cul­ties some peo­ple face.

Of­fi­cers at the Sal­va­tion Army have told me the ap­peal isn’t about one-up­ping last year’s record fundrais­ing ef­forts which saw more than $82,000 worth of items do­nated.

But to­day I put the chal­lenge to you to get as close to those ef­forts as pos­si­ble, to get the Christ­mas spirit rolling, to reach into your pock­ets and pantries to help those who need it and to make ev­ery­one’s Christ­mas spe­cial.

It’s as easy as do­nat­ing a can of sweet­corn.

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