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Wishing Tree Appeal back at Palmerston North Hospital

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MidCentral District Health Board is encouraging the public to embrace the festive season and help families in need by donating presents and food to the Wishing Tree Appeal.

This is the 15th year the DHB has been involved with the Kmart appeal at Palmerston North Hospital, which will run through until Tuesday 24 December.
Kmart’s appeal is associated with the Salvation Army, which helps distribute gifts and food to families in need.
The large Christmas tree at the front entrance to the hospital has been decked out with festive decorations and two large boxes are available for staff and visitors to donate gifts and non-perishable food items.
Both new and pre-loved presents are greatly appreciated, however, any pre-loved gifts need to be in good condition.
There is no obligation to wrap presents, but please feel free to donate wrapping paper.
The Salvation Army staff find it difficult to source presents for teenage boys aged 12 to 15 years, so any gifts suitable for this age group would be appreciated.
Staple, non-perishable food, such as cereals, rice, pasta, spreads, milk powder, flour, sugar, and tinned meat, fish, vegetables, and baby good are the most practical foodstuffs to donate.
Packet or tinned soups, spaghetti and baked beans, milo, coffee, tea bags and drink sachets are also useful. Toilet paper, cleaning products and toiletries like shampoos are also welcome, along with nappies and sanitary products.
Tinned or packet pet food – especially for cats and dogs – are other welcome items. It would also be nice to consider donating some Christmas treats – cakes, sweets and other goodies.

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