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Christmas appeal all about the spirit of giving

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012
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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: North Shore Times reporter Jess Etheridge with presents which will be donated to the Salvation Army.

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Warm beanies, basketballs, fluffy teddybears and good books are some of the gifts donated by residents that will make many children from struggling families happy this Christmas.

But donations are still desperately needed.

The North Shore Times is running its annual Christmas collection with presents and food to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army spokesman Shane Chisholm says "Christmas is a time of increased stress" for many families finding it tough financially and emotionally.

The post-Christmas period is also a busy time, he says, as families re-adjust after festivities.

Presents for youngsters 12 years and up are difficult to find so people are encouraged to get their thinking caps on, he says.

Canned food such as spaghetti, baked beans and fruit, as well as cereals and spreads go into food parcels which tide families over.

More than 55,000 food parcels were delivered to almost 31,000 families in New Zealand last year.

Unwrapped, new presents can be left under the Christmas tree in the North Shore Times reception at 1 Byron Ave in Takapuna until 5pm on December 14.

Open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Visit salvationarmy.org.nz for more information.

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