Christmas is upon us

By: Terry Moore

As usual, the run up to Christmas is so busy you almost don’t have a chance to relax and celebrate the season of giving. This Christmas Hibiscus Matters collected supermarket vouchers for the Hibiscus Coast Community House’s foodbank, which always struggles to fill its shelves at this time of year, and for Love Soup, which will put them towards its free Christmas dinner. So far a total of $930 has been collected, with more expected to come in next week. Thanks to all who donated, in particular New World Whangaparaoa, the largest donor with $500. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair Janet Fitzgerald was also extremely generous, as always, and many members of the community called in with vouchers.

Having a chance to give something tangible back is the best part of this job – whether it be through writing a story or supporting the business community by providing a local platform for their advertising via the 22,450 papers we distribute twice a month.

Hibiscus Matters wishes all our readers, advertisers, columnists and delivery people a happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to another year of giving back! Our next paper is out February 1.

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