‘They love to give. It makes them happy’

THREE WISE KIDS: These three children know the value of giving. Their mother Tiffani says it makes them happy. From left are Tia, Eli and Noah Tui-Cooper, who chose to spend their holiday money given to them by Santa on groceries (next picture) for a family worse off than them. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
The children gave almost $500 in groceries to a family who lost everything in a house fire in Tolaga Bay last week. One person is recovering from serious burns in Waikato Hospital.
The Cooper children give the thumbs up.

THE generosity of three Gisborne children has transformed Christmas for a family who lost everything in a house fire last week.

The family were “overwhelmed with tears” as they were given almost $500-worth of groceries.

Te Hapara students Noah, Tia and Eli Tui-Cooper each received some money from Santa earlier this year to go towards school holidays activities.

Their mum Tiffani Cooper asked them what they wanted to do with it.

“My little girl said she wanted to help the homeless and the poor.”

Mrs Cooper asked her two boys and they wanted to do that as well, so the family went to Pak'nSave.

The kids had a great time filling the trolley, Mrs Cooper said.

“They were putting anything and everything in. I let them go for it but made sure we got vegetables and meat in there too.”

Mrs Cooper said she has always taught her children that there are people worse off than them.

“When they do complain about things, I explain that and they change their attitude. They’re just great kids. They love to give, it makes them happy.”

When they got home from the supermarket, the hunt began to find a family who really needed help. Mrs Cooper put up a Facebook post and very soon found them.

The groceries and treats went to a Tolaga Bay family who recently lost everything in a fire. Their home was burned to the ground and with it their clothes, their photos and their Christmas presents.

The house fire on Friday, December 15, put a wheelchair-bound man in his 40s in Waikato Hospital, with serious burns to his face and arms. He was helped from the burning house by other family members who were home at the time.

His partner is by his side at Waikato Hospital. A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up to help get their children up to join them for Christmas. So far, donations have raised more than half of the $5000 goal to get the whole family together in Hamilton.

THE generosity of three Gisborne children has transformed Christmas for a family who lost everything in a house fire last week.

The family were “overwhelmed with tears” as they were given almost $500-worth of groceries.

Te Hapara students Noah, Tia and Eli Tui-Cooper each received some money from Santa earlier this year to go towards school holidays activities.

Their mum Tiffani Cooper asked them what they wanted to do with it.

“My little girl said she wanted to help the homeless and the poor.”

Mrs Cooper asked her two boys and they wanted to do that as well, so the family went to Pak'nSave.

The kids had a great time filling the trolley, Mrs Cooper said.

“They were putting anything and everything in. I let them go for it but made sure we got vegetables and meat in there too.”

Mrs Cooper said she has always taught her children that there are people worse off than them.

“When they do complain about things, I explain that and they change their attitude. They’re just great kids. They love to give, it makes them happy.”

When they got home from the supermarket, the hunt began to find a family who really needed help. Mrs Cooper put up a Facebook post and very soon found them.

The groceries and treats went to a Tolaga Bay family who recently lost everything in a fire. Their home was burned to the ground and with it their clothes, their photos and their Christmas presents.

The house fire on Friday, December 15, put a wheelchair-bound man in his 40s in Waikato Hospital, with serious burns to his face and arms. He was helped from the burning house by other family members who were home at the time.

His partner is by his side at Waikato Hospital. A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up to help get their children up to join them for Christmas. So far, donations have raised more than half of the $5000 goal to get the whole family together in Hamilton.

Anyone who wants to help can do so at gofundme.com/koha-for-xmas

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