Eastern Courier : December 17th 2010
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, December 17, 2010 Wrapping up: Reporter Nicola Williams lends a hand with the Salvation Army Christmas appeal. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK Time for generosity By NICOLA WILLIAMS S PPEAL HRISTMAS APPEAL YOU CAN still help bring smiles to the faces of families who would otherwise miss out on Christmas cheer. Today is your last chance to sup- port the Salvation Army and East- ern Courier Christmas appeal which provides food and gifts to people in need. Donations have been a little down on last year but that reflects the economic climate,'' community services director Debbie Gibson says. The community has still been extremely generous. We have received some lovely gifts, especially for children. I would really like to thank the Eastern Courier for helping with the campaign. It would be nothing without that help and a lot of people would miss out at Christmas.'' Mrs Gibson says the appeal is of most benefit to children who may not have a Christmas otherwise. It's so special for children to get something nice and to see the smiles on their faces.'' The number of people requesting parcels has been similar to last year. But Mrs Gibson says there has been an overwhelming response'' to the call for volunteers to help make up the Christmas parcels. We are way up on usual and have had to ask some people to come back to us next year.'' The Salvation Army is hugely appreciative to everyone who gives their time. We couldn't do it without volunteers and we are also very thankful to the schools and busi- nesses who supported us.'' Mrs Gibson says there is a good supply of gifts for children but pres- ents for teenage boys are in shorter supply. Christmas puddings and pavlovas are on the wish list for the food parcels and toiletries also make a helpful addition. Mrs Gibson says some of the more generous donations have been a PlayStation with games and a mon- etary donation in the thousands. Donations of new unwrapped gifts are needed along with non- perishable staple food items and Christmas treats. Cash donations are welcome and allow the Sal- vation Army to buy particular items and perishable food just before it is needed. Today is the last day the donation bins will be out at the Sal- vation Army office in Wellington St, the family stores in Howick and Botany, libraries, Botany Town Centre and Westfield Pakuranga. Cheques can be made payable to East City Salvation Army and sent to PO Box 38-126, Howick. Candidates lining up for Botany byelection Hats are already in the ring for the Botany byelection. Straight off the ranks for the National Party nomi- nation after Pansy Wong's political demise on Tuesday was former Auckland city councillor and Remuera resi- dent Aaron Bhatnagar. Auckland councillor and Botany resident Jami-Lee Ross was next in line announcing his interest in the candidacy. Mr Ross, 25, says he's sad to see Mrs Wong go. I respect her decision to retire but I never expected to be seeking selection under these circumstances.'' The Auckland Council's youngest elected member joined Manukau City Council in 2004. He was re-elected in 2007 before residents voted for him to represent the Howick ward in the supercity elections. My wife Lucy and I have called this community our home for the past four years. I live in Botany, I work in Botany and I represent Bot- any.'' Mr Ross says he's known as someone who asks the tough questions'' and speaks his mind'' on local issues. He will step down as a member of the Auckland Council if he gets the National Party candidacy and wins the byelection. Within an hour of Mr Ross' announcement Denise Krum, National Party deputy regional chairwoman, announced she was seeking the National nomination. Also putting her name for- ward is public watchdog'' Penny Bright who says she will stand as an indepen- dent.
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