Christmas is a time of giving and local families in need will be the beneficiaries of this year’s Christmas Giving project by Hibiscus Matters in association with the Hibiscus Coast Community House foodbank and Love Soup Hibiscus Coast.
We are asking readers to purchase vouchers, in particular supermarket vouchers, when they are doing their shopping and gift them to local charities that help families in need.
Experience over the last few years has shown that the vouchers make a real difference to people who are facing hard times and then have the added pressure of making Christmas special on a tight budget.
Any vouchers are welcome, especially those that can be redeemed for Christmas treats, toys or other gifts, or food for the Christmas Day table.
Local businesses are also welcome to contribute vouchers.
In mid-December, the vouchers will be handed out to Love Soup and the Community House for distribution to local people who would otherwise struggle to make their Christmas festive.
Love Soup will put the vouchers towards their annual free community Christmas dinner, purchasing food items or gifts to give those who come to the dinner.
The Hibiscus Coast Community House manager Christine Alesbury says that the vouchers will enable the organisation to purchase whatever items may be needed to fill Christmas food parcels.
To donate, drop your vouchers into the box at Hibiscus Matters’ office in Tamariki Plaza, Orewa (behind Countdown supermarket) during working hours or post to Christmas Giving, Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa 0931. The collection runs until December 6.
Every little bit counts – together with our community, we know we can make a difference.