Far from a Merry Christmas for many

In 2018, the Wellington City Mission helped feed 3,500 people, provided gifts for 2,100 children and distributed food and gifts to 44 community services agencies at Christmas time. The Mission expects to help even more this year, says Murray Edridge, City Missioner.

The Wellington City Mission is calling on Wellingtonians to spare a thought for those in need at Christmas and to give generously to those who may not be able to enjoy the festive season.

“There are people and families in our community who for whatever reason, aren’t able to enjoy what so many of us take for granted at this time of the year. I know that as with previous years, a special Christmas wouldn’t have been at all possible for these children and families, without the generous support from Wellingtonians,” says Murray. “You’ll find at this time of the year, people and families in need feel overwhelmed. We want to help restore dignity by giving children and families a Christmas they deserve and can remember.”

Wellingtonians can ‘be someone’s star’ this Christmas by buying a star on the Walk of Fame.

Stars will be laid down along Wellington’s waterfront until 27 December.

If you don’t want a star, it’s still an important time of year to support the work of the Mission. Donations can be made here. A list of other ways to support the Mission is here. There will also be a street collection on 6 December.