In a week many people will be hauling out the Christmas decorations and stringing lights on the tree. It’s a joyous time for many—but for others, the constant dread and anxiety of how the bills will be paid doesn’t abate over the silly season, but is instead tripled with worry over buying presents and shelling out for a turkey.
But Wanaka is a community that pulls together and stands strong on the word “community”. The Upper Clutha Community Christmas Trust (UCCCT) recently donated $1000 to the Wanaka Food Bank which will provide struggling local families with a hamper for Christmas Day.
“The donation is to top up the Food Bank with whatever they are short of. We thought they might want to use it to buy hams and chickens,” said Yeverley Mccarthy from UCCCT.
“We set up the UCCCT five years ago to spread the joy of Christmas in the Upper Clutha. We will also be making a donation to the Lovelock family whose daughter is unwell, so they can have an event out,” she said.
Kate Murray from Community Networks Wanaka who run the Food Bank said all donations are gratefully received at this time of year. Food items that can be frozen are welcome, as are pantry items, chocolate and other Christmas treats. The Food Bank works with Ray White Real Estate to co-ordinate the festive joy, and they are asking that toys and gifts be taken directly to the Ray White Office and left under the tree where they will be given to a child whose family is struggling. Food items can be dropped at 73 Brownston Street (opposite Paradiso cinema) or in the Food Bank bin at New World. Cash donations can be made directly to 03 1739 0059339 02.