An outpouring of Christmas spirit has swept across Hamilton following the tragic story of a family's stolen Christmas.
More than 100 people have contacted the Waikato Times to offer donations and gifts to the Rihia-Neumann family after their children's Christmas gifts were stolen.
Hamilton St Vincent de Paul general manager, Mike Rolton, said he read the story this morning and just had to lend a hand.
As well as donating gifts to the family, the charity has stepped in as an intermediary and all for the family can be dropped off or mailed to the store at 224 Commerce St Frankton.
Joshua Neumann and his partner, Desma have five children: three teenage boys, a daughter, two, and athree-week old boy wo-year-old girl, Dee, and three-week-old boy.
A bank account has been set up for cash donations.
Account name: St Vincent de Paul Xmas Donations:
Account number: 03 1355 0607033 05
(Please put either the family name or Christmas as the reference for all transfers.)
The Hamilton family are so far unaware of just how many offers have flooded in, but will be informed this evening.
Mr Rolton said although he felt incredibly bad for this family, they were not the only ones in need this Christmas.
"Christmas is a really hard time and having to buy presents is the last hurdle they have to get over."
St Vincent de Paul will be dishing out gifts to over 500 families in need this Christmas and welcome any donations. Gifts should be marked with a sex and age.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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