Community Generosity Shines at Christmas

In the last three months we’ve had Christmas, summer holidays and back to school for 2017.

All of these activities and the additional costs incurred can cause pressure in families where finances are tight.

Thanks to your generosity, the Family Works team were able to make things just that little bit easier for over 160 Otago families (that’s over 400 children), this Christmas.

Donations came in from all directions right through December. This year many more work teams coordinated staff collections to donate money, gifts and food to Family Works in place of a Christmas function.

Local radio station The Breeze initiated Pack the Bus across Dunedin, visiting five schools and numerous businesses to collect 3,500 food items and toys.

And this year’s Emergency Services Food Appeal generated over 12,500 food items, which will be distributed by our Family Works foodbank in the coming months.

“Every year the people of Otago are very keen to get behind us and make sure that the people we support are not left out. It was so humbling to see public generosity as donations and funds came in to Family Works every single day right up until Christmas,” said Family Works Director Paul Hooper.

“A grateful thank you to everyone for the part you played in making Christmas a time of joy and celebration for so many families."



  • Over 160 Otago families (that’s 400 children) helped

  • 32,500+ food items and toys donated

  • $41,800 cash donated