Ali Mau's Christmas donation

Red Cross workers prepare to meet residents affected by the tornado.
Red Cross workers prepare to meet residents affected by the tornado.
Emergency service personnel talk to residents hit by the tornado.
Emergency service personnel talk to residents hit by the tornado.
Red Cross workers Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Red Cross workers Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
A resident in Carnegie Cres, Hobsonville, fixes a window smashed in the tornado.
A resident in Carnegie Cres, Hobsonville, fixes a window smashed in the tornado.
John Key arrives in Hobsonville to survey the damage caused by the tornado.
John Key arrives in Hobsonville to survey the damage caused by the tornado.
Phil Goff, David Cunliffe and David Shearer survey the damage in Hobsonville.
Phil Goff, David Cunliffe and David Shearer survey the damage in Hobsonville.
The wrecked frame of a truck that was crushed by a concrete slab during the Hobsonville tornado.
The wrecked frame of a truck that was crushed by a concrete slab during the Hobsonville tornado.
Investigators survey the construction site where three men died in the tornado.
Investigators survey the construction site where three men died in the tornado.
Rescue crews recover the bodies of three men the day after they were killed in a tornado.
Rescue crews recover the bodies of three men the day after they were killed in a tornado.
Desiree Morgan, left, with daughters Izzy and Grace, and Huia Midgely receive milk supplies from across the cordon.
Desiree Morgan, left, with daughters Izzy and Grace, and Huia Midgely receive milk supplies from across the cordon.
Debbie Booty hid in a wardrobe at her house in Wallingford Way, Hobsonville, when the tornado hit.
Debbie Booty hid in a wardrobe at her house in Wallingford Way, Hobsonville, when the tornado hit.
The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
A security guard at the cordon of a Hobsonville construction site.
A security guard at the cordon of a Hobsonville construction site.
A police checkpoint at the Hobsonville cordon.
A police checkpoint at the Hobsonville cordon.
The scene at the Hobsonville Point Secondary School construction site where three men where killed.
The scene at the Hobsonville Point Secondary School construction site where three men where killed.
The Hobsonville construction site which bore the brunt of the tornado.
The Hobsonville construction site which bore the brunt of the tornado.

The Hobsonville tornado might have tried to steal Christmas from local families, but Fair Go presenter Ali Mau is determined no child in the area will go without a present this year.

She and fiancée Karleen Edmonds have organised a charity drive for gifts to be donated to affected families.

The pair were touched by an interview they saw online about a woman who had set up a Christmas tree to surprise her children. The tornado had done its damage before they got home, however.

"Karleen and I saw an interview with Claudine Gilles, a local who had just put up her Christmas tree that morning as a surprise for her kids, and was now standing in ankle deep water with rain pouring in through her ceiling," Mau said.

"It occurred to us that even if every family was fully insured they'd never get things sorted by Christmas Day, and there'd be many families for whom Christmas Day would not be a very happy one."

Edmonds gauged interest for present donations via Twitter last week and found plenty of public support.

"It's about making sure that the kids out there have got something to open on Christmas morning."  
Civil Defence have helped by identifying the families most affected and their children's ages. Auckland City Mission will help distribute the gifts to those in need.

Today from 3pm to 6pm, Mau and Edmonds will be manning a present donation station at the Auckland Sailing Club, 30 Tamaki Dr, Orakei. Presents are preferred unwrapped.

A fire rescue crew at a building site near Walingford Way in Hobsonville.
A fire rescue crew at a building site near Walingford Way in Hobsonville.
Fire rescue crew work to free people trapped by a concrete slab on a building site near Walingford Way in Hobsonville.
Fire rescue crew work to free people trapped by a concrete slab on a building site near Walingford Way in Hobsonville.
Emergency services work to free people trapped by a concrete slab on a building site in Hobsonville.
Emergency services work to free people trapped by a concrete slab on a building site in Hobsonville.
Damage in Hobsonville.
Damage in Hobsonville.
Road flooding in Auckland.
Road flooding in Auckland.
The remains of a double car garage in Whenuapai.
The remains of a double car garage in Whenuapai.
Destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Auckland city around noon today, from www.sitecam.co.nz/auckland_webcam/.
Auckland city around noon today, from www.sitecam.co.nz/auckland_webcam/.
An emergency worker in Hobsonville.
An emergency worker in Hobsonville.
A trampoline flung into a house in Hobsonville.
A trampoline flung into a house in Hobsonville.
Destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Destruction in Hobsonville.
Destruction in Hobsonville.
Emergency services work amongst destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Emergency services work amongst destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Emergency services work amongst destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Emergency services work amongst destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
Emergency services arrive in Hobsonville.
Emergency services arrive in Hobsonville.
Inner Auckland is hit with rain.
Inner Auckland is hit with rain.
Damage to housing in Hobsonville.
Damage to housing in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Storm damage obstructs a road.
Storm damage obstructs a road.
The aftermath of the tornado in Hobsonville.
The aftermath of the tornado in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Storm damage in Hobsonville.
Sharon White with her three year old son, and their overturned trampoline.
Sharon White with her three year old son, and their overturned trampoline.
The storm rages in Hobsonville.
The storm rages in Hobsonville.
Flooding begins in Glen Eden.
Flooding begins in Glen Eden.
Heavy rain at the Dotcom mansion.
Heavy rain at the Dotcom mansion.
The view from a city centre office, taken by a Twitter user.
The view from a city centre office, taken by a Twitter user.
Dark clouds gather over Takapuna.
Dark clouds gather over Takapuna.
Guttering fails to cope with the heavy rain in Auckland.
Guttering fails to cope with the heavy rain in Auckland.
Heavy rain causes flash flooding just after midday in Auckland.
Heavy rain causes flash flooding just after midday in Auckland.
A motorist captured this picture on Auckland's North Shore as grey clouds hit the city.
A motorist captured this picture on Auckland's North Shore as grey clouds hit the city.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Fair Go presenter Ali Mau and her fiancee Karleen Edmonds will collect gifts for children affected by the tornado.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Fair Go presenter Ali Mau and her fiancee Karleen Edmonds will collect gifts for children affected by the tornado.

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