Hampers brighten season

16:00, Nov 19 2012

The festive season can be anything but for older people living alone, Age Concern North Shore says.

Executive officer Janferi e Bryce-Chapman says Christmas can be especially lonely for those with no family and little social involvement.

Age Concern North Shore is once again running the Sponsor a Senior campaign after a successful charity drive last year.

Ms Bryce-Chapman says the project aims to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to isolated seniors by delivering hampers and gifts of donated goods.

She is urging people to give non-perishable food and gift items.

Recipients will be chosen through Age Concern's network.

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"These are people for whom Christmas would be very lonely and sad, if they are left without feeling that someone cares," Ms Bryce-Chapman says.

Schools, businesses and families are urged to participate. Last year more than 60 seniors received hampers.

The Royal New Zealand Navy is helping to collect donations.

"Age Concern provide the co-ordination and staff to organise and deliver the hampers but we don't have the resources to provide all the goods," Ms Bryce-Chapman says.

Send or deliver goods to Age Concern North Shore, 177B Shakespeare Rd, Milford 0620 by December 2. Call 489 4975 for information.

North Shore Times