Owen Meehan, the grandfather of Samuel Partridge, a local boy currently in the isolation ward at Starship hospital in Auckland, says he is "blown away" by the kindness of locals who donated gifts and vouchers to fill a super-sized stocking for Samuel this Christmas.
The Stratford Press featured a story about Samuel and the fact this Christmas would see him in an isolation ward recovering from a bone marrow transplant away from his friends in Stratford.
With members of the community keen to do something to cheer Samuel up, the Stratford Press co-ordinated the Stocking for Samuel drive.
Local businesses and individuals kindly donated a great range of gifts and vouchers aimed at making Samuel's stay at Starship more enjoyable.
Owen reports that Samuel is "doing as well as he can be expected" and that "all going well" he should begin to come right on Christmas day.
Owen says all of Samuel's family are "most appreciative of all the support from the community" and asked the Stratford Press to thank all readers who donated something to Samuel's stocking.
Owen will deliver the stocking to Samuel in time for Christmas and will keep the Stratford Press informed of Samuel's progress.
Samuel's stocking is topped with a a sock monkey from The Great Sock Monkey Challenge. Drop off donated socks to make sock monkeys, or sock monkeys you have made yourself at the Stratford Press from January 9 and we will send them on. We would love to see a box full of Stratfordian sock monkeys going out, so please have a go. See http://ahiparagirl.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/great-sock-monkey-challenge.html for more.