Make Xmas hap­pier for more folk

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

The com­mu­nity is be­ing en­cour­aged to help cre­ate pam­per packs and make some­one’s Christ­mas a lit­tle bit brighter.

The Run­ning for Hope Ro­torua Christ­mas Pam­per Ap­peal needs do­na­tions.

Run­ning for Hope co-or­di­na­tor Clare Jessep says she is do­ing 12 Days, 12 Pam­pers — giv­ing out a pam­per pack a day to nom­i­nees from De­cem­ber 12 to De­cem­ber 24 — and has had more than 20 nom­i­na­tions al­ready.

She says hope­fully if there are enough do­na­tions she will be able to make sure all the nom­i­na­tions are cov­ered in the near fu­ture.

She says it feels great to have so many nom­i­na­tions, but it also proves that there are a lot of peo­ple go­ing through things who need to be ac­knowl­edged.

“Christ­mas is the hardest time of year for so many peo­ple.”

She has had ex­pe­ri­ence of this her­self, as her sis­ter died three days before one Christ­mas.

“There can be a lot of empty seats at the Christ­mas ta­ble. I think hope is im­por­tant at Christ­mas and is some­thing peo­ple are crav­ing th­ese days.”

Clare says there is also a lot of pres­sure on peo­ple and fam­i­lies at Christ­mas time.

Run­ning for Hope started 18 months ago and is about Clare’s run­ning and ac­knowl­edg­ing peo­ple’s jour­neys through grief and loss.

Clare has been giv­ing out one to two pam­per packs a month.

“I think ev­ery­one is de­serv­ing of a lit­tle bit of kind­ness and you never know what is hap­pen­ing in some­one’s life. Ev­ery­one has a bur­den they are car­ry­ing.

She says the num­ber of happy tears she has seen when peo­ple re­ceive a pam­per pack is in­cred­i­ble.

“What I love about this is there are a lot of peo­ple pay­ing it for­ward. It’s hav­ing a real flow-on ef­fect — it’s pretty cool.”

Clare says items which would make great do­na­tions in­clude vouch­ers, toi­letries and any pam­per items for men and women.

She has al­ready had some items donated, in­clud­ing can­dles, mas­sage vouch­ers and Eat Streat vouch­ers. She thanks those who have al­ready made th­ese do­na­tions.

For those who would like to do­nate, they need to be made by De­cem­ber 7.

■ Peo­ple can con­tact Clare through the Run­ning for Hope Ro­torua Face­book page or (022) 091 4300.

Photo / Sup­plied

Jesse Smith, Clare’s son, (left) nom­i­nated Noel Lam­ber­ton to re­ceive a pam­per pack be­cause he knew Noel’s close fam­ily mem­ber had passed away.

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