Rodney Times' tree filling up

FESTIVE GIVING: Violet Greenwood-Hansen, 4, of Orewa, is among the many generous people giving to less fortunate children in the district.
FESTIVE GIVING: Violet Greenwood-Hansen, 4, of Orewa, is among the many generous people giving to less fortunate children in the district.

Four-year-old Violet Greenwood-Hansen of Orewa wants a pony for Christmas.

A butterscotch pony to be exact.

Violet was among the many people putting presents under the Rodney Times Christmas tree for northern community families.

Each year, items arrive from kind-hearted people wanting to put a smile on a young face at Christmas.

The toys are destined for children who might miss out on a present otherwise. Gifts included a huge number of handmade wooden toys by retired Dairy Flat playhouse maker Svend Fanefjord.

The toys will be distributed through the Warkworth Women's Resource Centre and Women's Refuge.

Rodney Times