Breakfast Club organises Christmas store where everything is free

Breakfast Club founder Steven Farrelly collects donated bread from New World Eastridge for the Christmas store.
TOM CARNEGIE / FAIRFAX NZ.

Breakfast Club founder Steven Farrelly collects donated bread from New World Eastridge for the Christmas store.

A pop-up Christmas store will help some of Auckland's most needy families celebrate the festive season.

Zion Ministries has organised a one-stop Christmas shop at Glen Innes Primary School that will give 200 families a Christmas hamper, pampering and activities for the kids.

Steven and Brenda Farrelly run Zion Ministries which started a social outreach called Breakfast Club in 2010.

"We provide breakfast every school day to four decile-one primary schools in the Glen Innes area and one in Manurewa," Steven Farrelly says.

The Breakfast Club has now grown into a network offering everything from parenting tips to sports coaching and scholarships.

This is the first year the organisation has operated the Christmas store, which will be open on December 23.

"The past two years we put on a Christmas banquet, the first year we had 260 people and the second we had 600 people.

"This year we could not get a venue big enough so we have organised the Christmas store," he says.

Farrelly says Zion Ministries has asked five social workers to identify 20 families each in the Glen Innes area to come along to the store.

Everything at the store will be free and families will get a hamper, Christmas hams, groceries and presents for kids, Farrelly says.

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"There will also be a pamper area where mums can relax with a coffee and an entertainment area with a barbecue and a DJ for the kids," he says.

The store has been made possible by generous donations and Farrelly's dogged determination.

"If you want something to happen then the key thing is just to get on and start doing it.

"Once you get things rolling, people and companies realise they can help out and the plan starts to grow," Farrelly says.

To round off the whole experience volunteers will drive the parents home with the their groceries at the end of the night.

Go to breakfastclub.org.nz to donate to the organisation.

 - Stuff

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