A charity that provides practical support to foster children to assist their transition to new homes has another 150-plus new toys to provide this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of the staff at AIA and Sovereign.
The toys were handed over at the AIA /Sovereign offices this morning.
"AIA and Sovereign have been amazing collecting and wrapping all these Christmas gifts alongside social workers who know what their children will love. We really appreciate your support and would love other local businesses to follow your lead. Thank you for helping us for another year,” says Louise Allnutt, Auckland Co-ordinator and Chairperson of Foster Hope.
“Sadly, Christmas is a stressful time of the year, where child protection agencies around the country see a big increase in child abuse and crisis management cases.”
“We want to ensure that if a child is suddenly placed in a new home at this time, that the foster family is not caught short with nothing under the tree for this child,” Louise Allnutt says.
Chief Executive Officer AIA New Zealand, Nick Stanhope, says a sporting theme was chosen for the gift drive, in line with the company’s ambitions for New Zealand, and New Zealanders.
“We want all Kiwi kids to think about health and wellness early in their lives, so that they form the sort of habits that will help them live healthier, longer, better lives.”
“I’m really struck by the generosity of our combined AIA and Sovereign team, which the companies are backing up with a $2000 donation.
“I’d implore anyone else who wants to help foster children get the best start in life to either donate a toy before December 10, or to make a cash donation,” Nick Stanhope says.
Foster Hope’s gift donation guidelines, and the details on how to make cash donations, are on their website.
“Lastly, I hope that all Kiwi children – whether they be in foster care or not – as well as our customers and partners, have a happy holiday, and a positive start to the New Year,” Nick Stanhope says.
For images from the handover of the presents, please contact Jay Harkness, Senior Communications Adviser, on 027 836 2533, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.