Giving back this Christmas


Nearly 250 Wakatipu residents will receive a Christmas boost tomorrow, thanks to the generosity of the resort community.

About 30 volunteers have been busy collecting donations, and nominations, for this year’s Baskets of Blessing project.

Now in its sixth year, the community group aims to help those in need by delivering a festive basket.

Founder Tam Schurmann says the “really lovely thing about Baskets of Blessing is that it’s breaking down the stigma of going through any kind of hard time”.

The group helps people facing a huge range of issues, from a solo mum of three young kids who was recently involved in a car crash, to young mums suffering from post-natal depression and elderly people who have just left hospital.

Friday will be a family affair for volunteer Charlotte Winkel, who will be helping out alongside her mum, grandmother and young son.

“It’s regular people looking out for regular people.”

Anyone wanting to help put the baskets together can head to St John’s Church in Arrowtown, 9am-1pm tomorrow, or from 1pm-4pm to help with deliveries.

Donations of perishables such as fruit, baking and flowers, as well as financial contributions to help cover delivery costs, will also be gratefully received.