Gift of goodwill to support families
Christmas will be a little merrier for some this year thanks to the goodwill of Southland residents.
The Southland Times Christmas Tree Appeal is collecting food and gifts for families in need.
Members of the public can bring in preloved or new toys and non-perishable food items to donate to the appeal.
The items will be given to this year's appeal charity, the Invercargill Women's Refuge, to be distributed to Southland families.
Refuge services co-ordinator Cathy Robertson said the organisation was extremely thankful for the items that had been donated to the appeal so far.
"We're really grateful for this, to be able to help families that we're working with," she said.
"There's some really sad stories out there and people are under a lot of financial pressure."
The refuge works with families as far away as Te Anau, providing support for women dealing with family violence.
Christmas was always a chaotic time for the refuge but the entire year had been quite busy, Mrs Robertson said.
Unwrapped gifts and non-perishable food can be donated at the Times office in Esk St until lunchtime on Friday, December 21.
The Southland Times