Local police are putting on their Santa hats this Christmas, collecting donations of festive food that they will pass on to people in need. Hibiscus Matters is also collecting for this cause. From left, Whangaparaoa watchouse officer Charlotte Jones, community constable Sam Webb and constable Nicola Paterson, of Whangaparaoa Police.
During their working day, Police meet and assist many people whose plight stays in their minds long after an incident may be over.
They are thinking about those people with Christmas coming up and want to help.
Whangaparaoa Police watchhouse officer Charlotte Jones came up with the idea of a collection box at the station where the public can donate non-perishable foods and other items that Police can then pass on to those in need.
Every officer can nominate a family or person to receive a food parcel, which will be delivered the week leading up to Christmas.
All the other Police stations in Waitemata North, including Orewa, Warkworth and Wellsford, liked the idea and agreed to take part.
The collection has already begun, kicked off by donations from Police staff and community patrols.
Charlotte says she hopes as well as staple foods, people will think about helping someone celebrate the season by including treats such as chocolate, biscuits, chips and even soaps.
She said in the past, the community has been amazingly generous when Police have put the call out for support for people in need.
Anyone can drop items in the boxes at Orewa or Whangaparaoa Police stations from now until Christmas.