Spreading Christmas cheer to kids in need

Presents dropped under the Herald Christmas tree will go to children through the Mangapapa Church Angel Tree Project and Women’s Refuge.

Presents dropped under the Herald Christmas tree will go to children through the Mangapapa Church Angel Tree Project and Women’s Refuge.

FOR THE KIDS: Christmas is the season for giving, and there is a tree in The Gisborne Herald’s front office to do just that. Brothers Nikau Peard-Tuhaka and Jackson Peard-Tuhaka show some of the presents already left under the tree. They will be given to Te Whare Tu Wahine/Women’s Refuge and the Mangapapa Church Angel Tree Christmas Project to brighten up the festive season for those in need. Picture by Liam Clayton
Herald Christmas Tree - Nikau Peard-Tuhaka, Jackson Peard-Tuhaka

PEOPLE who donate presents to go under The Gisborne Herald Christmas tree this year will be giving to children who have parents in jail or have to live away from home because of domestic violence.

The Herald’s annual appeal, which has been going for more than 12 years, is aimed at giving as many children as possible something to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Other businesses are also getting into the festive spirit. Gisborne Taxis owner Graeme Nepia did a whip-round at the office and raised $210, which has bought a whole lot of pressies for children.

Those who wish to donate can leave presents, either wrapped or unwrapped, under the tree in the Gisborne Herald reception.

Wrapped presents need to be labelled with a suitable age range and gender. In addition to presents, people can also donate bagged lollies, chocolate and drinks.

“We’re always impressed with the quantity of presents that appear under the Herald Christmas tree. It has become something of an institution for spreading Christmas cheer where it is needed,” said Gisborne Herald editor Jeremy Muir.

“I encourage readers to drop in a present or two over the next week for these children, many of whom are going through turbulent times and won’t be having the sort of Christmas most others do.”

Mangapapa Church Angel Tree Project and Women’s Refuge

The presents will then be distributed to the two organisations the Gisborne Herald supports — Mangapapa Church Angel Tree Project and Women’s Refuge.

The Angel Tree Project reaches more than 100 children around Gisborne to let them know they have not been forgotten at this special time of year.

A present is given to each child, nominated by the parent in jail, and comes with a hand-written card from their incarcerated parent.

It also provides an opportunity to restore and maintain relationships between prisoners and their children.

Women’s Refuge offers a safe place for those suffering from family violence. It helps women and their children with advice, emergency accommodation and confidential advocacy services.

PEOPLE who donate presents to go under The Gisborne Herald Christmas tree this year will be giving to children who have parents in jail or have to live away from home because of domestic violence.

The Herald’s annual appeal, which has been going for more than 12 years, is aimed at giving as many children as possible something to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Other businesses are also getting into the festive spirit. Gisborne Taxis owner Graeme Nepia did a whip-round at the office and raised $210, which has bought a whole lot of pressies for children.

Those who wish to donate can leave presents, either wrapped or unwrapped, under the tree in the Gisborne Herald reception.

Wrapped presents need to be labelled with a suitable age range and gender. In addition to presents, people can also donate bagged lollies, chocolate and drinks.

“We’re always impressed with the quantity of presents that appear under the Herald Christmas tree. It has become something of an institution for spreading Christmas cheer where it is needed,” said Gisborne Herald editor Jeremy Muir.

“I encourage readers to drop in a present or two over the next week for these children, many of whom are going through turbulent times and won’t be having the sort of Christmas most others do.”

Mangapapa Church Angel Tree Project and Women’s Refuge

The presents will then be distributed to the two organisations the Gisborne Herald supports — Mangapapa Church Angel Tree Project and Women’s Refuge.

The Angel Tree Project reaches more than 100 children around Gisborne to let them know they have not been forgotten at this special time of year.

A present is given to each child, nominated by the parent in jail, and comes with a hand-written card from their incarcerated parent.

It also provides an opportunity to restore and maintain relationships between prisoners and their children.

Women’s Refuge offers a safe place for those suffering from family violence. It helps women and their children with advice, emergency accommodation and confidential advocacy services.

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