The love and kindness of the community in New Plymouth New Zealand, wrapped in boxes full of assorted goods, have reached the children survivors of violence cared for at the Campus of Hope shelter facility.
It has been four months now since Jayne Richardson and Evelien Wallace of New Plymouth had started corresponding with the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) to try and coordinate the shipments of their donations for the children at the Campus.
But what started out as a donation of clothing and stationery by a group of friends, turned into a community project as the supporting families in New Plymouth, gathered all sorts of goods from nappies to shower curtains, sporting goods, toys, shoes and many more, for the children in Samoa.
According to Jayne, “we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of wonderful friends, families and colleagues, which enabled us to box everything up and transport them from New Plymouth to Auckland for shipment to Samoa.”
A total of 22 boxes of assorted donation arrived in Samoa during the flash flooding before Christmas. These have now been cleared and released to the Campus, much to the excitement of the children.
“I really hope what we managed to get to you is helpful”, said Evelien Wallace.
Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President says the assistance is timely as they have seen the growing number of children being abused as families face increased hardship during the Covid19 lockdown.
“Thank you so much Jayne Richardson, Evelien Wallace and the supporting community in New Plymouth, for sharing the Christmas spirit with the children of hope through this donation. A special acknowledgement of the good will of the Bark Products Taranaki, that organizes the shipping and paper work for this consignment.”
“We wish you and your families love and prosperity as we journey on to 2021, in God’s grace.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President