Spreading Christmas goodwill

Peace and goodwill to all are the enduring themes of Christmas. Fortunately, in Mahurangi, there are plenty of opportunities to extend that goodwill beyond immediate family and friends to include those who are struggling and who might find Christmas an especially tough time. Consider adding one extra item to your Christmas shopping list and make someone’s day. Here are five ways to give …


Homebuilders Family Services
Accepts gifts for children, teenagers and mums and dads. Books, educational toys, petrol vouchers and sporting equipment are always appreciated. For mum and dad, a voucher for a luxury item or experience that they might not dream of being able to afford for themselves, can make an excellent gift. Leave gifts at Homebuilders, 5 Hexham Street, Warkworth, or place them under the tree in the Mahurangi Matters office.  Gifts should be unwrapped. Deadline for gifts is Friday, December 13.

Women’s Refuge        
Seeking new toys for children and gifts for women. If gift-wrapped, please label with appropriate age and gender (nothing that requires batteries please). Leave gifts at Harcourts, 21 Queen Street, Warkworth. Deadline: December 13.

Warkworth Christian Foodlink
Accepts donations of tinned soups, tinned fruit, Christmas cake, mince pies, cereals, rice, pasta and more to make up its Christmas parcels. For a full list of needed food items, email reception@mahu.org.nz. Food can be dropped off under the Christmas tree at the Mahurangi Matters office or at Mahurangi Presbyterian Church, 5 Pulham Road. Deadline for food gifts is December 12.

Women’s Centre Rodney
Donated gifts can include games, sports equipment, art supplies, educational toys, clothing, beach gear, sunscreen, books, non-perishable food, and vouchers. Also consider gifts for mum such as toiletries, towels, cosmetics and perfumes. Leave gifts at the Women’s Centre, 10 Morpeth Street, Warkworth. Deadline: December 13.

Coast to Coast Healthcare
Accepts donations of food, presents and money vouchers. Place under the Christmas trees set up in medical centres. Donations of furniture, clothing and food are accepted all year round and are distributed locally via HIPPY, Strengthening Families, Te Waka and the Loaves and Fishes foodbank in Wellsford. Coast to Coast medical centres are located at Snells Beach, Matakana, Wellsford, Mangawhai, Maungaturoto and Paparoa.


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