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Be someone’s star this Christmas

The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Star Appeal launched today, giving you the chance to “be someone’s star” and help people in need across the Wellington region this Christmas.

Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge at the launch this morning. Photo by Huup Waagen

Last Christmas hundreds of people across the Wellington region were stars to those who are struggling. Because of this generous support, the Wellington City Mission was able to feed about 3,000 people through Christmas food parcels, and provide 1,700 children with new gifts. They also distributed donations to 38 other social service agencies across the region.

This year, there are lots of ways to get involved, as detailed at ChristmasStar.co.nz.

Businesses, individuals, families and groups can get their name or logo on a Walk of Fame star, which will be displayed on Wellington’s waterfront during December. Each star represents families being supported by the Mission this Christmas and beyond. Stars range in price, starting at $100 for an Individual/Group Star, and can be pre-ordered now.

The Mission’s annual Street Day Collection will take place on Friday 7 December, so start stashing away some cash, and keep an eye out for collectors around the Wellington region for an opportunity to donate. Digital donations are also accepted online at any time at ChristmasStar.co.nz.

A new partnership is also being launched between the Mission and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. At the NZSO’s Christmas concerts in December, you can donate food or funds for those who are struggling.

Finally, Pack the Bus will take place again in partnership with The Breeze Wellington: the bus will be travel around schools and supermarkets from 26 November to 7 December collecting food and gifts and spreading Christmas joy.

By getting involved with the Mission’s appeal, you can make a significant difference in the life of a Wellington family or individual who is struggling. You will be their star this Christmas, bringing them hope, joy, and courage by showing that people in their community care.

One of the families who received help from the Mission last Christmas shared the impact this had on their lives:

“We’ll always remember our daughter’s first Christmas. We were together as a family in our beautiful new home, which was full of love and Christmas spirit. Our Mission social worker was a big part of that, because she’d given us an amazing surprise a couple of days before Christmas. She visited us with toys and a bag of Christmas food – which we would otherwise have gone without.”

Help more families like this one today.

For more information about the Christmas Star Appeal, please visit ChristmasStar.co.nz.