How you can help those in need
The MidCentral District Health Board is appealing to the public to donate food and gifts to its wishing tree appeal.
It is the ninth year MidCentral has joined the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, which runs until December 21.
Last year, about 1000 presents were donated to Palmerston North Hospital and the Horowhenua Health Centre, despite the mean-spirited actions of a pyjama-clad thief who stole a bag of toys from the hospital on December 22.
The woman stole presents before walking out the reception doors – an act described as ‘‘despicable’’ by MidCentral staff.
Gifts and food donated in Palmerston North and Levin will be distributed by Salvation Army and Barnardos staff.
At Palmerston North Hospital, items can be left in a food bin under the giant Christmas tree inside the main entrance, while at the Horowhenua Health Centre, contributions can be left at the front reception or in the back staffroom.