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A Merry Vinnies Christmas

In the past, Vinnies Wellington have distributed wrapped children’s presents to welfare clients and their families for Christmas. This year, we will be doing things a little differently.

Following the Vinnies motto of a hand-up (not a hand-out), ‘A Merry Vinnies Christmas’ offers a shopping style experience to parents and families looking for assistance over the December period.

This means giving people the dignity, ownership and choice over what they receive by giving them the option to choose the presents they get from welfare providers at Christmas. This also deals with the issue of people receiving presents that are not wanted or that are inappropriate for their child.

The Vinnies Newtown Welfare Office will be transformed in to a mini toy shop from the beginning of December. There will be donated (unwrapped) gifts on display for people to choose a present for their child/ children. There will also be a wrapping station, so people can choose the paper and wrap the presents themselves – reinforcing the ownership and dignity aspect that we are trying to foster.

Throughout the month of November, we are calling on the Wellington community to donate unwrapped presents to be included in the ‘A Merry Vinnies Christmas’ toy shop.

Donor details:
Time frame:
We ask that all presents are collected and dropped off (or we can pick up) by Monday 26 November, giving us time to set up the shop for December.
Gift criteria:
• Appropriate for 0-16 years old
• For boys and girls
• Unwrapped
• New or near new

Bookings are essential for anyone interested in accessing the toy shop over December. Please contact Vinnies Wellington on 04 389 7122 or emailinfo@vinnieswgtn.org.nz for more information.


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