Local Christmas Charities

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On Christmas Day many will enjoy a wonderful meal with their family, drink far too much and spend a portion of the day giving and receiving gifts. These are luxuries not everyone in our community can afford and there is no better time to reach out to your neighbours.  Here are some ways you too can help this Christmas or as a part of your New Year’s resolution. Over 20 years old the Warkworth Food Link is a food bank powered by many of our local churches, it will provide over 150 food parcels this Christmas and over 350 during the year.  Food and monetary donations are accepted all year round at the Mahurangi Presbyterian Church (09) 425 8861.

Homebuilders Warkworth offer families budgeting, counselling and parenting services and feel it’s message for families this Christmas is to remember quality of relationships over consumables.  You can help local families through Homebuilders by donating unwrapped gifts at Ray White Warkworth.

Mitre 10 Warkworth are also collecting unwrapped gift for children in Foster Care from new-borns to 17 year olds for Foster Hope.

The message of not giving animals as Christmas Gifts is repeated every year, however it is still an issue and Julie’s Animal Refuge Warkworth (09 422 3322), will be inundated come January.  Towels and flannels are always needed and can be left at Warkworth Vet Clinic.  Julie asks people to be vigilant for animal welfare over the holiday period and don’t hesitate to call the authorities if they witness animal neglect.

The Animal Sanctuary will rescue 1000 battery hens over Christmas. This is a huge operation for the sanctuary who could benefit from monetary donations, volunteers or a truck or float to assist with the rescue.  If you can provide a lovely home for some hens please contact Shawn on (09) 422 7322.

The Warkworth Wellsford Hospice will continue its regular service over the holiday period and will provide gift hampers to some families.  Donations to the Hospice Garage Sale are always welcome or consider purchasing Christmas gifts from their new vintage/collectables stores Tickled Pink in Warkworth. Hospice are desperate for more manpower, from shop volunteers, catering team, transport, gardeners, office staff and handymen.  Please consider donating your time in 2016.