Santa post boxes can be found outside RE/MAX Warkworth and inside Caffe Cozy in Wellsford.
Wellsford shops and businesses are gearing up to make an extra effort this Christmas, with activities and promotions designed to attract shoppers and give a boost to local families.
Wellsford Plus chair Tania Hamilton has already organised the Santa Parade, a community raffle, presents under the tree for Plunket and a letters to Santa initiative, but is still hoping to add some late night shopping dates and photos with Santa later this month.
“We have the most amazing business association wanting to come on board and give us their initiatives,” she says. “We’re getting shops to decorate their windows so locals will spend locally and visitors will want to stop here.
“We’ve got beautiful shops with a great selection of gifts and reasonably priced, too.”
A wheelbarrow full of goodies donated by local shops is the top prize in the Wellsford Plus raffle, which is raising funds to support local Plunket nurses and help with the running costs of the recent Santa Parade.
As well as the wheelbarrow donated by ITM Warkworth, other prizes include a wooden grader made by Pete Bowmar Toys, plus groceries, and $130 of vouchers for three Wellsford cafes – Lime Tree, Caffe Cozy and Peppers. Tickets are on sale until the draw on Monday, December 14. They cost $2 each or three for $5 and are available from Tania Hamilton on 021 264 0424.
Meanwhile, Christmas gifts for children under five can be left under Christmas trees at Mike Pero Wellsford or Caffe Cozy until December 14, and non-perishable food items can be left at the Hospice Shop, Clever Endeavours or Mike Pero until December 20 for the Wellsford foodbank.
Wellsford Plus has also teamed up with RE/MAX Warkworth Real Estate for local Letters to Santa. Special Santa stationery can be collected from the small table at Caffe Cozy in Wellsford or the RE/MAX Warkworth office and, when filled in, they can be “posted” in the wishing well at Caffe Cozy or in the special letterbox outside RE/MAX Warkworth. Providing children enter their full address and post their letter by December 14, they will receive a personal reply from Santa.