Roundtable NZ president Grant Gibson, of Mosgiel, and BNZ
staff (from left), Jay Devlin, Wanita Tautuam and Kathy
Morrison pose with a massive pile of Christmas presents
donated by Taieri residents in the past week.
The mystery presents were placed under the Mosgiel Roundtable
wishing tree at the BNZ last week, and by Friday, a pile of
gifts awaited delivery to the Mosgiel Community Foodbank.
The gifts were paired with cards for children and would be
delivered to families, along with food parcels made with
goods donated in last week's food drive, Mr Gibson said.
All but five of the cards were taken by Friday and more than
170 children in the area would receive a gift this year, he
''[The response] has just been phenomenal; it shows again the
amazing generosity of Mosgiel people.''
The wishing tree was a new idea, but would definitely return
next year, Mr Gibson said.