Food for thought at Christmas

TAO LIN
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013
Xmas Spirit

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Two families are joining forces to give others in need a special Christmas. From left, Logan D’Souza, 10, Aaron D’Souza, Dylan D’Souza, 6, Kian Parks, 6, Chantelle Campbell and Ethen Parks, 11.

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It started with a casual conversation.

Aaron D'Souza was explaining to his 6-year-old son Dylan why some kids don't get a nice lunch on Christmas Day when the topic of conversation turned into a brilliant idea.

The former chef decided he would cook and deliver Christmas lunch for at least one family, as well as make up Christmas hampers to give away.

Mr D'Souza is relying entirely on community donations and has already received enough food to make one lunch and a couple of hampers.

But the Mangere Bridge resident is still looking for nominations of deserving families who might have run out of food entitlements under their benefit, or cannot access the Auckland City Mission on Christmas Day.

His intention is to help those who might not ask for help even if they are struggling, especially those who are single parents.

Mr D'Souza is a single dad himself and understands the difficulties of bringing up a family on his own.

He has faced several financial challenges but has always been able to give his two sons a positive Christmas experience.

He hopes his actions will motivate people to do similar things for others, even if they might suffer themselves.

"Goodwill doesn't cost anything," he says.

Mr D'Souza is organising the Christmas lunch and hampers with the help of fellow single parent Chantelle Campbell.

She runs a website and Facebook page for single parents and it was through Facebook that she joined forces with Mr D'Souza.

Together they also hope to get their kids into the true spirit of Christmas through helping families in need.

Ms Campbell says the lunch is limited to south Auckland because Mr D'Souza lives there but they also have someone in west Auckland who is willing to do the same thing for a deserving family in that area.

Help from people in other areas willing to cook or assist in some way is always welcome, she says.

Email kohakirihimetekai@ xtra.co.nz or call 022 602 7078 to nominate a family or to donate.

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