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MDHB’s 2016 Christmas Appeal starts on Monday

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2/12/2016
Ho Ho Ho…MidCentral District Health Board is continuing its long association with the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, by collecting presents for the needy, and food for our local foodbanks, starting on Monday. (5 Dec)

This is the 13th year MDHB has been involved with the appeal, at Palmerston North Hospital, which will run through until 5pm on Wednesday 21 December, to give Santa time to collect and distribute goods.

Kmart’s appeal is associated with the Salvation Army who help distribute gifts and food to local families.

MidCentral DHB is asking staff, and hospital visitors to help spread the Christmas cheer to needy families from around the district.

The large Christmas tree at the front entrance to Palmerston North Hospital has been decked in red and silver decorations, and a large bin will be available for staff and visitors to place gifts and non-perishable food items in it. The front foyer and some hospital corridors will also be decorated in festive lights.

At Horowhenua Health Centre, staff and visitors are also welcome to donate gifts and food, and that will be given to the Levin Salvation Army to distribute. The Levin appeal has started and will also finish on Wednesday 21 December.

Both new and pre-loved presents are greatly appreciated, however any pre-loved gifts need to be complete and in good condition. People are also encouraged to look at $2-type shops for inexpensive gifts. Unwrapped gifts are perfectly acceptable and if presents are wrapped people are asked to indicate the appropriate gender and age of the recipient. Please also remember that teenage boys around 12-15 years are a group the Salvation Army staff find difficult to source presents for.
 
Staple, non-perishable food, such as cereals, rice, pasta, spreads, milk powder, flour, sugar, and tinned meat, fish, vegetables, and baby food are the most practical gifts to donate.  Packet or tinned soups, spaghetti and baked beans, Milo, coffee, tea bags, and drink sachets are other useful items.  Toilet paper, cleaning products and toiletries like shampoos are also welcome, along with nappies. Tinned or packet pet food – especially cat and dog food - are other welcome items. It would also be nice to consider donating some Christmas treats – Christmas cakes, sweets, and other Christmas goodies.

 
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