Make Christ­mas more merry

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

Emma Helleur, day an­nouncer on The Hits Taranaki, says when she read a news ar­ti­cle say­ing one out of ev­ery five New Zealand fam­i­lies couldn’t af­ford Christ­mas, “it broke my heart”.

Emma wasn’t alone, the rest of the NZME Taranaki team were also hor­ri­fied by the statis­tic and to­gether they de­cided to do some­thing about it.

Emma says they con­tacted their lo­cal clients ask­ing for help in putting to­gether an ini­tia­tive they call Santa Sur­prise.

“We were thrilled with the quick re­sponse from so many clients. Q Trans­port, Glasgow Scaf­fold­ing & Rig­ging, En­ergy City Re­cy­clers and Wor­leyPar­sons all of­fered help, as did Count­down and Toy­world New Ply­mouth, en­abling us to help four fam­i­lies in the Taranaki re­gion.”

Santa Sur­prise asks for peo­ple to tell The Hits team about a strug­gling Taranaki fam­ily, by go­ing online and vis­it­ing The Hits Taranaki web­site.

“It could be a friend, a fam­ily mem­ber, a neigh­bour or even your own fam­ily. Maybe some­one has lost their job, a fam­ily mem­ber is go­ing through an ill­ness or be­reave­ment or a change in cir­cum­stances has meant Christ­mas will be hard this year. If you know of a fam­ily who won’t be vis­ited by Santa this year for any rea­son, please let us know.”

Four fam­i­lies will be se­lected and sur­prised with all the mak­ings of a merry Christ­mas, when The Hits team visit with presents and a Christ­mas feast.

A dif­fer­ent fam­ily will be sur­prised each day be­tween De­cem­ber 17 and 20.

To nom­i­nate a fam­ily, visit www.the­hits.co.nz/taranaki. Tune in to Emma on The Hits Taranaki be­tween 9am and 3pm Mon­day to Fri­day on 90FM The Hits and the Strat­ford Press are both part of NZME

Emma was get­ting into the fes­tive spirit on Fri­day night at the 12 days of Christ­mas char­ity expo in New Ply­mouth.

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