Buy Local Give Local Christmas campaign gathers steam

Mark Mitchell is one of many local politicians who are sharing the love this Christmas by supporting Buy Local Give Local.

There is less than two weeks to run in Hibiscus Matters’ Buy Local Give Local Christmas charity campaign.

Recently some of our local politicians have provided generous support. Donations have been made by Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and pledged by Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair Janet Fitzgerald. Member Caitlin Watson has given vouchers from a nail and beauty therapist, as well as local restaurant vouchers – a thoughtful contribution for Christmas treats. The local board as a whole has donated a large number of Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre passes.

You, our readers, are also placing vouchers in our boxes – particularly the ones at New World supermarkets – for which we are very grateful.

The campaign, now in its fourth year, asks residents to purchase gift vouchers from local stores while doing their shopping, and donate them to families in our community who need a helping hand at Christmas.

The vouchers go to local people struggling at Christmas, giving them the freedom to choose what they buy.

This year the vouchers will be distributed by Hibiscus Coast Community House with their Christmas food parcels and also by Love Soup Hibiscus Coast. Love Soup will add the vouchers to gifts that they will distribute at their first Christmas Day dinner, to be held at Whangaparaoa Hall.

What to do

Purchase standard gift vouchers from any local business (denominations over $10) and drop them into secure Buy Local Give Local boxes placed around the community (see list below). Vouchers can be for anything you think might help a family on Christmas Day – fuel, toys, electrical goods, clothes and so on. Grocery vouchers are especially appreciated and New World supermarkets in Whangaparaoa and Orewa have donation boxes in store. Boxes are also located at Eddie Law 100 percent, top of The Plaza, Whangaparaoa; Manly Care Chemist in Manly Village and Hibiscus Matters’ offices in Tamariki Plaza, Orewa.

Vouchers must be dropped into the boxes prior to December 9. You can also post vouchers to Hibiscus Matters.

Look out for the posters, sponsored by in local stores.