UNDER-privileged children across the area will wake up to presents on Christmas morning thanks to the generosity of kind-hearted people.
More than 68,000 new toys were donated to Wave 105’s Cash for Kids appeal which was supported by readers of The News.
They were asked to donate a new present for someone aged under 18, who otherwise would not be getting anything on Christmas Day.
You responded be dropping off thousands of toys at points across the area.
At The News’ head office at Lakeside, North Harbour, the presents would not fit under the Christmas tree.
There were so many they had to be piled high all around it.
Wave 105 charity manager Gloria Hill said: ‘There are so many people who helped to make Mission Christmas a huge success.
‘Our thanks go out to each and every individual who dropped a toy into one of our boxes across the region.
‘We heard some lovely stories of children saving up their pocket money to buy a gift, to those office workers who rallied their colleagues together to donate a trolley-load of toys.
‘We also had so many people who came up with creative ways to raise funds, from cake bakes, to Christmas jumper days and auctions.’
Businesses, colleges, universities and supermarkets all supported the campaign.
Martin Ball, managing director of Wave 105, added: ‘A massive thank you to all of our volunteers who spent hours, days and weeks processing all of the gifts.
‘Without them our mission would not have been possible.
‘There are so many acts of kindness and stories of generosity that have totally blown us away.
‘We, along with the charities we support, appreciate everything that has been done.
‘There are now many less fortunate children that are going to wake up on Christmas Day with a smile.’