Christmas project provides presents to needy families

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Oamaru locals Mark and Adrienne Wylie want everyone to have a merry Christmas.

They run the Oamaru Combined Churches Christmas Parcels Project, which aims to supply needy families with food and gifts.

The project is appealing for donations of non-perishable food or gifts.

Last year, the project helped 90 families – who were alerted to the project by local organisations such as Plunket and Child, Youth and Family – to have happy holidays by supplying them with Christmas packages, Mr Wylie said.

As part of their donations appeal, yesterday Mr and Mrs Wylie were presented with a collection of gifts by the Whitestone Rodders Club.

Mr Wylie said he was a “bit overwhelmed” by all the support the Christmas parcels project had received.

It was “marvellous” to see so many people wanting to help needy families, Mrs Wylie said.

The day’s donations were only the tip of the iceberg, and other donations had already been coming in, Mr Wylie said.

If people want to give a gift, they should contact Classic Hits or the Oamaru Public Library, he said.

For more information on the Christmas Parcels Project, contact Mark and Adrienne Wylie on 434 8436.

By DAVID DE LOREAN