Rotorua's Salvation Army is helping to make Christmas extra special for more than 100 families in the city.
Each year the church provides hampers to families who they have helped during the past year, and Captain Brian Martin said this year they planned to put together hampers and give them to 120 struggling families in Rotorua this festive season.
The Daily Post Christmas Appeal, which was launched on Saturday, is collecting donations of money and food for the Salvation Army's foodbank. The appeal is also for the hampers.
The hamper will include a chicken, gravy mix, vegetables, meringues, tarts, ingredients to make a trifle, confectionery, chips and dip, soft drink, weetbix, flour, sugar, spaghetti, baked beans, eggs, tea and coffee, pasta, jelly, biscuits and crackers. It will also include toiletries and Christmas crackers.
Mr Martin said the items in each hamper would not only be for Christmas Day but also help families get beyond Christmas Day.
Mr Martin said the hampers were given to those families and people the Salvation Army had worked with through the year and some families were referred by various agencies.
Donations to The Daily Post Christmas Appeal for the Salvation Army foodbank can be made at our Hinemoa St office between 8am and 5pm weekdays.
People can donate money or non-perishable food.
Food donations can also be made at the Salvation Army's Community Ministries at Community House on Haupapa St.
If your school, church, business, organisation or you as an individual are organising a can drive or fundraising event, let us know by contacting reporter Abigail Hartevelt, ph (07) 348 6199 ext 57049 or email abbey.hartevelt@dailypost.