Millwater magic at Christmas

There is no doubt that the newest suburb on the Coast, Millwater, is establishing a strong sense of community and identity with a Facebook page and local events.

Two ‘Millwaterians’ as they call themselves, Nicola Bernie and Nita Wong, were amazed by the generosity of others in the area when they launched a Christmas charity collection last year.

Around 300 families donated to the first Millwater Adopt a Family for Christmas initiative and this year Nicola and Nita expect that to grow.

The initiative, sponsored by Mike Pero Millwater, was started by the Salvation Army in South Auckland. It asks families to donate food and unwrapped gifts, specifically for a family. Hibiscus Coast Salvation Army and Steps Forward Stanmore Bay supply a list of families, including number of children and ages. Kingsway Preschool’s foodbank and Love Soup Hibiscus Coast will also benefit from extra food donated this year.

A total of 37 coordinators have volunteered to cover the whole of Millwater and flyers are being distributed. Nita and Nicola say the idea is becoming a Christmas tradition for Millwater.

“We’re all fortunate to live here and families can afford a little extra and to give back,” Nita says. “We would like to challenge other communities on the Coast to give it a go.”


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