Waimate District Council offers Collection Point for Gifts for Children this Christmas

Published: 09 Nov 2017

It’s an initiative being run by Mayoress Lyn Stringer, who encourages anyone that wants to participate to come into Council’s foyer and place an unwrapped gift for a girl or boy up to the age of 15 years under the Christmas tree.

She says the Salvation Army are really thrilled with the offer of a collection point for children’s gifts, as they have many families that struggle financially at Christmas time.

The Mayoress adds she’s aware the Salvation Army sees an increase every year in the number of families that they are supporting – and at Christmas time there can be a lot of added financial stress on families.

She says the gifts don’t need to be expensive - things like a cuddly toy, bubble-bath, a book or an item of clothing would make ideal gifts, and be gratefully accepted.

The deadline is 4.30pm on Friday 8 December 2017, then Salvation Army staff will collect the gifts from Council’s front office, wrap and distribute to local families well in time for Christmas Day.