Manukau Courier : December 23rd 2010
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Thursday, December 23, 2010 We wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Our office is closed for the holidays and will reopen on January 6. Special issues will be in your letter- boxes on December 30 and January 6. Readers -- take a bow By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Merry Christmas: From left: Jazmyn Moor, Keegan Botting and Alyssa-Marie McCord from Toddler's Turf Childcare Centre help to donate a box full of toys and food parcels to this year's Manukau Courier Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. Photo: SIMON WATTS HRISTMAS APPEAL THANK YOU Manukau Courier readers -- you ve brought some much-needed Christmas cheer to needy south Auckland families this year. More than 2500 toys have been donated to this year s annual Manukau Courier Salvation Army appeal. Generous readers and busi- nesses have also given about $7000 in cash. Among those who ve supported this year s appeal are the kids and families from Toddler s Turf Childcare Centre in Manukau. Chief executive Sharon Brodie says the centre organised a box for donated toys and food parcels for the Salvation Army. Teachers talked to the chil- dren about helping others and encouraged them to bring a toy from home to give to the appeal. We found it was really great for the children to learn to give to someone who needed it, Mrs Brodie says. We want them to under- stand not all children get everything they get. The centre s four-year-olds visited the Salvation Army and each handed over a bag of the donated items. It s a great opportunity to help and teach them about helping, Mrs Brodie says. Salvation Army service manager Ross Richards says the army really appreciates all the people and businesses that contributed to the appeal this year. It went brilliantly. We re thrilled with the outcome. Everything has run smoothly and although there was a slow patch when donations just trickled in, they picked up towards the end, he says. The quality of donated items is also impressive and he says it feels great to be able to give children really great toys . The appeal s sorting ware- house -- kindly provided by Crosspower Ministries -- has been busy packing and dis- tributing the toys. Gifts are delivered to the 34 Manukau community agencies the Salvation Army works closely with, who make applications on behalf of their clients. And the families have been delighted with the toys they have been given. It s been a really great year, Mr Richards says. We couldn t have done it without everyone s help. Manukau Courier editor Judith Tucker thanks all the people who helped make this year s campaign a success. They include the newspaper s staff who bought toys for their Secret Santa gifts then donated them to the cause. The support was fantastic, especially since it s still tough times for many people in our community, she says. It s terrific to know there are so many generous hearts out there. We hope all those who helped us provide some much-needed Christmas cheer will get it back in spades themselves this year.
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