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How to reach us Telephone (04) 587 1660 Address: 23 Broderick Rd, Johnsonville P.O. Box 38-776, WMC 5045 Fax: (04) 587 1661

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Merry Christmas Wednesday November 11, 2015

Salvation Army lends a How to reach us helping hand this Christmas The Salvation Army have helped more than 200 Wellington families through the festive season this year. Churches at Wellington City, Wellington South, Johnsonville, Kilbirnie and Mirama r have provided Christmas hampers including food and vouchers to at least 230 families, as well as gifts for at least 120 families this year. Much of this was organised through the Salvation Army Hope Centre in Newtown.

Telephone (04) 587 1660 people taking out loans or – its Christmas dinner. children missing out,” he The special feast is held at Address: 23 Broderick Rd,Church said. the Wellington South Johnsonville “For us it’s busy but reward- in Newtown tomorrow and P.O. Box ing. We see so much hope- around 12038-776, people are exWMC 5045. Fax: (04) 587 1661 lessness with the vulner- pected to attend. able, marginalised, isolated The dinner is organised families and Christmas is a for peopleSALES who are isolated, difficult time of year. vulnerableMANAGER: or would be alone “What we do just helps ease at Christmas, Ollie said. Stephan van Jewish Rensburg the burden and it’s really The Wellington stephan@wsn.co.nz rewarding that we’re able to Community Centre also put a smile on their face.” helped outP:on day deliv587the 1660 All this month’s hard work ering food from the dinner to culminates with the Salva- people who could not make tion Army’s biggest event it to the church. REPORTER:

The recipients of these food parcels were people the Salvation Army had worked with through its Wellington Emergency Housing programme and welfare services throughout the year, said Wellington Community Ministries services manager Ollie Seumanufagai. “Christmas and the back to school period are a difficult time for struggling families and the stress of trying to pay and meet expectations can lead to domestic violence,

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The most popular gifts requested this year from children across the country were iPads, iPhones, nerf guns, dolls, make up and mermaid toys, she said. More specifically, one girl asked for video games and world peace. Another asked for a mermaid light, pink scooter, kinetic sand and blade ranger. A boy requested dinosaur DNA, real dinosaur bones and a remote control dinosaur. Many children also asked for Santa to call or write to them, Katey said. Others sent in cards containing gifts for Santa, like sparkles, beads and chocolates and he also received many drawings as well as elaborate art work, she said. Meanwhile, a recent survey found the majority of Kiwis believed Christmas was too

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commercial, saying the festive season should be about spending time with family and friends. Results from Colmar Brunton’s annual Christmas survey revealed that 59 per cent of New Zealanders believed Christmas was too commercial. The findings were the result of Kiwi consumers feeling bombarded with straight sales-driven messages that failed to capture the true Christmas spirit, Colmar Brunton chief executive Jacqueline Farman said. “What the public are telling us is that they have a very clear view of what Christmas is about and that’s what advertisers need to connect with to engage consumers.” Of those surveyed, 94 per cent said Christmas was all about family and friends, 85

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