City Mission seeks ham, pavs and presents

IN ACTION: Dave Hewitt, Crusaders Coach, left, and Seb Siataga, Academy player setting up the City Mission marquee.
IN ACTION: Dave Hewitt, Crusaders Coach, left, and Seb Siataga, Academy player setting up the City Mission marquee.

There's still time to share a little joy this Christmas, with the City Mission calling for donations leading up to its big Christmas lunch.

Crusaders coaches and management helped put up the marquee for the Mission's Christmas lunch this morning at Christchurch East School, which will host over 600 people.

City Missioner Michael Gorman said the lead up to Christmas had seen an increase in the number of emergency food parcels given to families. At this time of year, he said they like to include some "festive" fare in addition to the basics.

"These items, such as lemonade, jellies, sweets and chips wouldn't normally be included. But all children love to have them at a party and the Mission children are no different."

"As usual, the people of Christchurch have been so generous - all we need now is just a few more items to give our guests a wonderful day," Gorman said.

To help the Mission, donations of ham, vegetables, Christmas cakes, pavlovas, treats or presents can be dropped off at 275 Hereford St. Or to donate a Christmas gift of $20, phone 0900 MISSON.

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