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Time for generous readers to take a bow
Merry Christmas: From left: Jazmyn Moor, Keegan Botting and Alyssa-Marie McCord from Toddler's Turf Childcare Centre
help to donate a box full of toys and food parcels to this year's Manukau Courier Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
Photo: SIMON WATTS
By JESSIE COLQUHOUN
Thank you, Papakura Courier
readers -- you ve brought some
much-needed Christmas cheer to
needy south Auckland families this
More than 2500 toys have been
donated to the annual Papakura
Courier Salvation Army appeal.
Generous readers and businesses
had also given about $7000 in cash.
Among those who ve supported
this year s appeal are the kids and
families from Toddler s Turf
Childcare Centre in Manukau.
Chief executive Sharon Brodie
says the centre organised a box for
donated toys and food parcels for
the Salvation Army.
Teachers talked to the children
about helping others and they were
encouraged to bring a toy from
home to give to the appeal.
It was really great for the chil-
dren to learn to give to someone who
needed it, Mrs Brodie says.
We want them to understand not
all children get everything they
The centre s four-year-olds visited
the Salvation Army and each
handed over a bag of the donated
Salvation Army service manager
Ross Richards says the army really
appreciates all the people and busi-
nesses that contributedthis year.
It went brilliantly. We re thrilled
with the outcome.
Everything has run smoothly and
although there was a slow patch
when donations just trickled in they
picked up towards the end, he says.
The quality of toys donated is also
impressive and he says it feels good
to give children really great toys .
The appeal s sorting warehouse --
kindly provided by Crosspower Min-
istries -- has been busy packing and
distributing the toys.
They are delivered to the 34
Manukau community agencies the
Salvation Army works closely with,
such as Plunket and Family Start,
who make applications on behalf of
It s been a great year, Mr Rich-
We couldn t do it without your
Manukau Courier editor Judith
Tucker thanks all the people who
helped make this year s campaign a
The support this year was fan-
tastic, especially since it s still
tough times for many people in our
community, she says.
It s terrific to know there are so
many generous hearts out there --
and we hope all those who helped us
provide some much-needed Christ-
mas cheer will get it back in spades
themselves this year.
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