Staff at AIA/Sovereign have provided over 150 new toys to foster children this Christmas.
The donations were handed to charity organisation Foster Hope which provides practical support to foster children to assist their transition to new homes.
“AIA and Sovereign have been amazing collecting and wrapping all these Christmas gifts alongside social workers who know what their children will love,” said Foster Hope’s Auckland Co-ordinator and Chairperson, Louise Allnutt.
“Sadly, Christmas is a stressful time of the year, where child protection agencies around the country see a big increase in child abuse and crisis management cases,” she said.
“We want to ensure that if a child is suddenly placed in a new home at this time, that the foster family is not caught short with nothing under the tree for this child.”
AIA New Zealand CEO, Nick Stanhope, said they chose a sporting theme for the gift drive, in line with the company’s ambitions for New Zealand, and New Zealanders.
“We want all Kiwi kids to think about health and wellness early in their lives, so that they form the sort of habits that will help them live healthier, longer, better lives,” said Stanhope.
“I’m really struck by the generosity of our combined AIA and Sovereign team, which the companies are backing up with a $2000 donation,” he said, adding, “I’d implore anyone else who wants to help foster children get the best start in life to either donate a toy before December 10, or to make a cash donation.”
Foster Hope’s gift donation guidelines, and the details on how to make cash donations, are on their website.