Help­ing spread fes­tive cheer

The Southland Times - - News - PHOTO: JOHN HAWKINS/STUFF

Min­istry for Chil­dren Oranga Ta­mariki is this year’s re­cip­i­ent of The South­land Times an­nual Christ­mas Tree ap­peal.

Pic­tured, the In­ver­cargill-based min­istry’s se­nior prac­ti­tioner Jonelle Gal­breath, left, and su­per­vi­sor Jan Oster with some of the presents that peo­ple have do­nated for the vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren that Oranga Ta­mariki sup­ports.

‘‘Get­ting gift do­na­tions is not some­thing we ac­tively go out and do [for chil­dren at Christ­mas] but we’re grate­ful to be able to brighten up their Christ­mas this year,’’ Oster said.

Oranga Ta­mariki is also helped by other or­gan­i­sa­tions and churches which do­nate food parcels at Christ­mas.

The ap­peal will close at The South­land Times on Deveron St on De­cem­ber 19.

Do­na­tions can be in the form of un­wrapped gifts, wrapped presents, la­belled with gen­der/age or non­per­ish­able food items or mon­e­tary do­na­tions.

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