Staff and residents of Maygrove Village in Orewa are getting behind the Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren organisation, which supports grandparents that have taken on the responsibility of caring for their grandchildren full time.
Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren president, Bjorn Modigh, says that often grandparents in this position can feel isolated, receive very little financial or personal support and are hesitant to ask for help.
He finds that an important factor is breaking through that isolation.
The team at Maygrove Village started with the idea that this Christmas it would be lovely to give each grandchild a box filled with treats and practical items.
The residents got behind the ‘Shoe Box’ idea whole heartedly and started donating age appropriate gifts, toiletries, underwear and socks, food and books or games.
Maygrove Village Manager Jeanne Jury says that the charity resonates with residents because so many of them are grandparents themselves and they can understand the pressure faced by those who have a 24/7 role.
The residents began with the goal of filling 50 Christmas boxes, they achieved this and also filled numerous bags of extra items, groceries and toys. Maygrove Village also gave fuel vouchers.
Info: hbcgpg.weebly.com or phone 09 428 3419