Through the generous giving from our online and company donors we were able to drive through the Auckland Covid border at 5am on the 15th December, to deliver 296 Christmas boxes to two very hard-working family support charities in Kaitaia.
The first stop was at Whare Timatatanga Hou Ora (Kaitaia Womens Refuge), where we were greeted by the team, ready to receive the carefully wrapped parcels for their whanau in need. The team told us that many families leave their homes in a hurry during a domestic violence situations, so they were not only thankful for the lovely gifts for each member of the family, but also the essential personal items included in the boxes.
Our second stop was to deliver Christmas boxes to Te Rarawa social services in the centre of Kaitaia, and we received the following feedback:
Te Rarawa social services would like to take this opportunity to thank the Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the time and effort in gaining resources that our organisation could distribute to whanau in need during the Christmas period 2021. The gifts were welcomed by whanau and their children with excitement and helped relieve some of the financial stresses whanau faced during this time. Below, I have attached some feedback received from families and workers who had the pleasure of delivering these shoeboxes.
Many, many thanks to the shoe box appeal organizers who tirelessly continue to give. The cause has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Again, many thanks for helping make a positive difference for our whanau in our Community.
"Whanau were very thankful and appreciative in receiving the shoe box gifts".
"Very thankful as they were unable to financially provide for the children last year due to COVID. The uncertainty of having enough provisions. When the gifts were given the faces on the children lit up. Many wanting to open them up and taking guess of what could be in them".
"My whanau were very grateful and appreciative receiving their shoe boxes, as some were in a really hard place going into the holidays".
"Receiving them gave a little bit of joy as seeing their babies open a present and the happiness it brought them started their holidays off on a good note".
"Spoke with caregiver today she was very appreciative of the boxes, she said it really helped for her moko to have presents"
"All the whanau were amazed with the boxes they were gifted and how the gifts they received in the boxes were so on point for their children".
"I had a 14 year old boy who was very humbled by the gifts he got. He never expected anything and was so overwhelmed".
"Young girls were so excited being able to explore what was inside their gift boxes".
The Catalytic Foundation would like to thank the charities involved who provide such important family services in the Far North, our donors, and our volunteers including: Luana Smith who helped drive the Ute with our CEO Teresa Moore to Kaitaia and George Makene for the use of your vehicle. Collectively we made a difference.
Photos: Unloading at Te Rarawa Social Services