Generous giving comes in many shapes and sizes

Gift-giving is an important tradition during the Christmas season for many; it is a way to demonstrate care between friends and family and is the source of smiles on the faces of many children.

The giving of gifts is something that can be a challenge for many families, because of the strain it can bring to a budget that is already extremely tight.

Our Family Work team is particularly busy over Christmas, making sure that food parcels and suitable gifts are distributed to those in need across the region. This year we will work alongside many families right across Otago to make sure Christmas a time of joy and celebration.

Donated gifts have already begun to be received, with items beginning to arrive in our offices from October. Thanks to these donations, the stacks of banana boxes where our gifts are stored, are beginning to be filled.

Some of our supporters enjoy the opportunity to shop and purchase toys and presents, where they can imagine the joy that a child will receive from hours of fun with their new toy.

For others, a financial donation, a voucher, or some food items are a most practical way to show support and to make a contribution. Every gift and donation is very much appreciated by Family Works, and by those who receive them.

The giving continues until Christmas, right across the Otago region. In mid-December the gifts begin to be distributed to families who we are working with, along with a Christmas food parcel.

Family Works Practice Manager Debbie Gelling said, “The generosity of the community means that a number of families across Otago will wake up on Christmas day to find there are gifts to open, and something special to eat together.”  

 “For some families this is the first time in many years where there have been gifts in the home. Others can enjoy the day without the pressure of extra spending which creates a financial burden for months to come.”

Thank you for your very generous support in 2018. 'May peace love and laughter surround you, and your family, this Christmas Season.