‘People are so generous’ – parcels project organiser

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Donated food and gifts from the Oamaru community mean needy families in the town are going to have a merry Christmas.

The Oamaru Combined Churches Christmas Parcels Project has assembled Christmas food packages for about 87 families, with more than 320 people set to receive Christmas presents and food.

Christmas Parcels Project organiser Adrienne Wylie said the packages contained frozen chicken, gravy, a drink, confectionery, biscuits, chips, jelly, canned fruit, cereal, potatoes, oranges and more.

She did not know how many presents had been donated, but the number was possibly more than 1000.

Lots of food had been donated to the project, and more than $2000 from grants had been spent on food for the families receiving the Christmas goodies.

The response from the community this year was “absolutely fantastic”, Mrs Wylie said.

Local businesses had done a lot to help as well, by giving discounts on items purchased with grant money to giving gifts to the Christmas Parcels Project.

“I just think people are so generous,” Mrs Wylie said.

There were nine people working yesterday to prepare the food parcels and wrap presents.

“Everyone wants to help,” she said.

“It’s very rewarding. It’s the kind of outreach we like doing.”

Places including budget advice, local schools, the Salvation Army and more had nominated families for the Christmas parcels, she said.

The parcels will be collected by the nominating agencies on Monday to be distributed.

By DAVID DE LOREAN