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Merry Christmas

Thursday December 24, 2015


Wellington’s best Christmas tree

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Staff at Wellington Suburban Newspapers were impressed with Hataitai resident Jan Dawn’s tree. Jan said although her tree wasn’t of the traditional variety, she has a small playful dog, so an off the floor arrangement was the best option. Jan said the tree structure is made from cloth bound wire and was anchored with stones in a flower pot. The decorations have been collected over a period of 15 years and come from all different places, including different countries. A big thanks to everyone from across the capital who sent us photos of their Christmas trees.

Best dressed tree

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Hampers help families this Christmas By Nikki Papatsoumas

Less fortunate residents across Wellington’s eastern suburbs will be treated this Christmas thanks to the generosity of Countdown Kilbirnie customers. For the last four years, the Kilbirnie Salvation Army and Countdown Kilbirnie have partnered up to collect food and toys for those who need extra help during the festive season. Captain Joe Serevi, from the Kil-

birnie Salvation Army, said this year the organisation would make enough hampers for 70 families. He said Countdown Kilbirnie’s generous donations would go a long way in helping families who are struggling this Christmas. Long life manager at Countdown Kilbirnie, Ben Ross, said four years ago the store started helping Kilbirnie Salvation Army by donating $500 worth of food. Now, the store also collects trolley

loads of food from customers. “We average between five and seven trolleys full of donated stuff throughout the year. “We help out Joe and we also run our own food rescue programme and donate food that’s not sellable.” Joe said the community’s donations had the ability to light up a family’s life. “When we deliver them they smile and it gives them some joy, especially the kids.”

From left, Countdown Kilbirnie staff member Tarun Parbhu, with long life manager Ben Ross and Captain Joe Serevi from the Kilbirnie Salvation Army.

Local woman donates to a good cause By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local woman has played the role of one of Santa’s elves this festive season. Over the last 12 months, Lee Campny has been collecting presents for women and children using the services of the Women’s Refuge. The Miramar resident works at Lyall Bay Warehouse and first started collecting presents to donate to the Women’s Refuge last year, as the store had partnered with the organisation to collect presents over the

Christmas period. “Last year I did donate a lot of stuff myself. This year I have personally been buying stuff all year. I just feel like if you can make a difference, do it.” As well as collecting 11 boxes of presents for children and teenagers, she has also made 66 ‘pamper packs’ for mums who may not be expecting anything under the tree on Christmas Day. Inside the packs were a shower gel, a nice pen, lip balm and another small surprise whether it was a key ring or a face mask,

Lee Campny has collected presents over the last year, which she will now donate to the Women’s Refuge.

Lee said. “I just feel like the mums get a little bit forgotten and I know Christmas is about the kids… but I feel they also need to know they have done the right thing getting out of their situation. “It’s great to do something to put a smile on someone’s face. It’s just something small they can look forward to.” Lee said she liked to hope that along the way she had also inspired more people to donate presents to those in less fortunate situations.

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