Forsyth Barr is delighted to continue its support of the ‘A Children’s Christmas’ initiative.
In 2018 we became a Foundation supporter of the initiative, and got right behind its aim of making a difference to the lives of children experiencing hardship across the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa communities. The goal was to bring some joy to children who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas. The numbers being supported have tripled since the initiative began, and this year 5,000 Santa sacks full of gifts will be delivered.
Importantly, these gifts are long-lasting, educational and active items specifically chosen for age groups from toddlers to teenagers. This year’s gifts include sleeping bags, sports balls, frisbees and books for the older children, and trikes, sleeping bags, sports balls and books for the younger kids. Not only will these gifts bring a little joy at Christmas but the sleeping bags are perfect for keeping warm and cosy on a first outdoor adventure, a sleepover, or camping out at home.
Forsyth Barr’s Napier and Hastings teams joined firefighters, police and volunteers from a range of charities for the big packing event. Across two hours, 220 people came together to pack the 5000 Santa sacks that will be making their way to some very deserving kids across Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa.