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'Worryingly' low City Mission donations

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/12/2016

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Up to 300 Kiwis are heading to the Auckland City Mission for a helping hand, in the lead up to Christmas.

The Mission have been handing out emergency food parcels since December 7, and the week before Christmas, which is usually the busiest, is expected to be no different.

Auckland City Missioner, Chris Farrelly, said financial donations have been 'worryingly' low this year, and with only six days until Christmas, the Mission urgently need financial assistance to support families.

"Donations in December help assist families not only over Christmas but also in the difficult few months at the start of year when we also experience high demand ... We would be grateful if those who have not already contributed would consider making a financial donation."

Over 80 per cent of the Mission's services are funded through donations and it provides low-cost medical care service, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes, emergency food support, as well as a crisis care service for low-income individuals and families, among other services, year round.

Mr Farrelly says the queue outside the Mission highlights the need in the community and the demand it's experiencing.

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