Sorters busy in Santa's workshop

SARAH CODDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013
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SANTA'S HELPERS: Salvation Army Manukau workers Erin Siu and Raewyn Heke are making sure it’s a magical Christmas for needy kids.

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Santa's special workshop is working overtime to make sure needy children have the magical Christmas they deserve.

The Salvation Army Manukau has had an overwhelming response to the Christmas appeal this festive season.

The charity's workshop is filled with beach toys, bikes, sand toys, board games and soft toys ready to be sent out to thousands of children.

Toy appeal co-ordinator Erin Siu says there has been a greater variety of toys which is making it easier to make up a good gift pack for each child.

"We have been lucky to get more gifts for older children this season," she says.

Donations of new toys are distributed to families and community agencies that use the Salvation Army's services.

Organisations like Housing New Zealand, Kidz First Children's Hospital and women's refuge Camellia House will receive some of the gifts from the appeal.

Ms Siu and her helper Amelia Rudolph have been busy sorting through thousands of toys for the past two weeks.

They have already sent out about 1500 toys to be given to children.

But toy donations are still needed for girls aged 6 to 10. Beach toys, Barbie dolls and skipping ropes are often popular for this age group.

Each year the Manukau Courier and the Salvation Army join in the Christmas appeal to help take the festive season pressure off thousands of families.

The appeal will officially wrap up on Monday but the Sallies will still be taking donations up until December 20.

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