Arena visitors urged to donate gifts for needy

Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013
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CHRISTMAS GIVING: Kali Brydon, Charlotte Elsmore, 4 and Salvation Army Hibiscus Coast corps officer Ben Schischka are hoping people will be generous during their Christmas toy appeal.

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Every week Salvation Army Hibiscus Coast gives out between 10 and 40 food hampers to families who cannot afford to buy food, and this number increases at Christmas.

It supports many young families in the community through its food bank service and family store.

However, many of these families will have very little to give to their children this Christmas.

To make sure these kids feel the festive spirit the Salvation Army has teamed up with the Northern Arena to help provide them with gifts.

Northern Arena in Silverdale has created a special Christmas tree for presents for the kids who may otherwise go without.

They are inviting people to come and drop gifts beneath it, business development manager Kali Brydon says.

"At Northern Arena we have around 10,000 people visiting every week and we thought if even a small proportion of those could bring a gift for people in need then that would be amazing.

"We have lots of families who come in and they value the importance of Christmas and it being a happy time and we just want to spread that," she says.

If you would like to donate something this Christmas all you need to do is drop off an unwrapped present to put under the tree before December 17.

The toys will be given to Hibiscus Coast children aged 0-16 and will be given out on December 23 at the Salvation Army along with a festive morning tea.

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