Festive acts of kindness

Cambridge mother Rebecca Broadbent is spreading Christmas cheer.

Children can have creative fun while spreading Christmas cheer this December thanks to local organisation Act of Kindness (AOK).

Launched by Cambridge mother Rebecca Broadbent in June, the service connects Waipa people with family-friendly volunteer work.

Rebecca is looking for 60 children to make 120 Christmas cards for children who will be spending some of the festive season in Waikato Hospital, and for young people being supported by Women’s Refuge.

“We’re aiming to brighten their day and let them know we’re thinking of them,” she said.

“We also hope that it will raise awareness among our kids that Christmas can look very different for lots of people.”

Two card-making sessions – 10am-11am and 11am-12pm – will run on Saturday, December 2 at the Cambridge Scout Hall at 1 Maclean St.

“It should be super fun and festive and everyone is welcome, you just need to register for the event,” Rebecca said.  “Spaces are limited so get in quickly.”

Rebecca is grateful to the Cambridge Warehouse for generously donating card-making supplies, including 600 coloured pens and pencils.

Meanwhile, AOK’s first volunteer event is set to run tomorrow at Little Waipa Reserve, where 10 families will be helping Waikato River Trails clear weeds to beautify a local wetland.

AOK also launched a “cot refresh” project on October 31, allowing families to pick up a wooden doll’s cot, give it a new coat of paint, add blankets and perhaps a soft toy or two, and deliver it back to a local foster family for distribution to Waikato children in need.

Thirty families are now registered with AOK and Rebecca is always keen to hear from new volunteers.

“Once you’re registered we tell you about our upcoming projects, you choose whether it’s a good fit for your family,” she said.

“We’re also keen to hear from families who have a particular volunteer project in mind.”

For more information about Act of Kindness or to get involved, visit actofkindness.co.nz, AOK Act of Kindness on Facebook, or email hello@actofkindness.co.nz.

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