The community has come out in force this year, filling a shipping container with Christmas hampers for island families who need a bit of extra help over the holiday period.

In mid-November, Maggie Wikaira, a financial mentor at Waiheke Budgeting Services, put a challenge out to the community. In a Facebook community page post, she asked people to take part in a “reverse advent” project.

“The challenge was to put one item per day into a box for one month; this would then be gifted to a local family at Christmas.”

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