The cost of Christmas for Auckland's needy

  • 07/12/2017
Auckland City Mission.
Auckland City Mission. Photo credit: File

The Auckland City Mission will need to raise $1.3 million this Christmas so it can provide food parcels, medical care, advice, and other essentials that many families go without.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, thousands of Aucklanders in need will line up outside the mission's drop-in centre, particularly women raising children on their own.

"We end this year deeply disturbed and saddened that so many of our fellow New Zealanders do not have the basic right of access to a sufficient quantity of nutritious food and an affordable home," says city missioner Chris Farrelly.

"I am concerned by the fact that many families have to choose between paying a bill and providing food for their children, it's usually money that is budgeted for food that gets spent elsewhere," he said.

The mission is expecting to give a food parcel to 150 families each day over the next three weeks.

While the mission's goal is to assist families in a meaningful way - to offer food and Christmas presents - they also offer deeper support with issues such as debt, health problems, housing, and addiction.

The mission's annual Christmas appeal started on December 6. See its website for more details and how to donate.

NZN / Newshub.