The combined Filipino communities of Rotorua have added more goods to the generous stock of donations given to the Rotorua Daily Post Christmas Appeal - which ends today.
Handing over several boxes of goods donated by the Philippine Club of Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty Friendship Society, organiser Cherry Andrews said both groups wanted to show their appreciation and give back to a community that had helped them settle here in Rotorua.
Mrs Andrews said when she first came to the region 30 years ago the Bay of Plenty Friendship Society had only five members, and that had now grown to more than 300.
"We want to let the Rotorua community know how much we appreciate what they have done for us. This is to thank them and give a general appreciation to New Zealand, which has looked after us.
"We are aware of what's needed in the community and want to help make sure everyone is happy and well this Christmas season and in the upcoming year. It's to show our appreciation for everything."
Today is the last day for people to donate to the appeal, run in conjunction with the Rotorua Weekender and The Hits 97.5FM. The 2015 appeal has seen thousands of non-perishable food items, as well as cash donations, given to the Rotorua Salvation Army Foodbank to help it continue its good work throughout the Christmas period and into 2016.