Children and families at Little Wonders Aoraki have embarked on a new Christmas tradition, donating a swag of Christmas presents to Te Aitarakihi Marae.
Acting centre manager Kate Jamieson came up with the idea of asking families to give items to be shared with those in need, and staff, children and families exceeded expectations.
While the call went out for pre-loved items, much of what was donated was brand new, or in such good condition it was not possible to tell it was not new.
Educator Bridget Anderson said they then decided to see whether the wider community would come on board, and approaches to Michael Hill Jeweller, CBay, Movie Max, Flip Out and Kidstuff added more new items and vouchers to the growing pile.
“The presents kept coming in, and I had the wonderful job of wrapping them all. It’s just amazing what’s in there, and I’d love to thank our parents and the wider community for helping us do this.”
Little Wonders Aoraki is licensed for 100 children, aged from 3 months to 6 years, and has 22 staff.
Te Aitarakihi Trust chairwoman Raeleen de Joux said it was exciting that Little Wonders had given the organisation the opportunity to brighten up people’s Christmas.
” We work with a lot of social agencies, and with our networks and knowledge we will be able to make sure the gifts are going to where they will be most appreciated.”