Leisure Centre gathers gifts for Love Soup

The Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre has come up with a new initiative that will put gifts under the tree for families in need this Christmas.

Leisure Centre holiday programme coordinator Emma Drake came up with the idea. She says up to 100 children aged 5–13 take part in the programme each day and she wanted to find a way to give back to the community. “On the last day of our holiday programme every year in December we have Santa come in with a gift for the children and it made me think about the children who may not be as fortunate,” she says.

The centre decided to make December 21 a Christmas Giving Day, asking children attending the holiday programme that day to bring in a gift labelled with gender and age to donate to a local charity.
Love Soup Hibiscus Coast was selected by public feedback and all the gifts donated will go under the tree to be given out at Love Soup’s free Christmas dinner.

The Leisure Centre is also inviting members of public to contribute by dropping off a gift, anytime from December 1. Just take a wrapped and labelled gift into the reception.

Hibiscus Matters is also an Orewa drop off point for gifts if getting to the Leisure Centre is not convenient. The office is in Tamariki Plaza, behind Countdown supermarket in Orewa.


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