Dargaville Library’s Jillaine Murray is ready to help deliver warm Christmas wishes with your help

Send love this holiday season

by Andy Bryenton

Dargaville Library is joining in a nationwide campaign to send a message of love and community to those who would otherwise be lonely for Christmas.

Librarian Jillaine Murray has taken charge of this year’s Sending Love project, in which members of the public, from kids to adults, are encouraged to come in and write holiday message of hope and friendship to a complete stranger. These will be collected and sent off to those who might otherwise not be part of Christmas festivities; those in rest homes and hospitals, people with no family in New Zealand and the socially isolated.

“It’s a wonderful idea. Last year the local schools were very involved,” says Jillaine.

“We received so many cards, which were passed on to Sending Love and redistributed to where they made a difference to people.”

As programme organisers Sending Love NZ put it: “Sending Love is about people and communities coming together to make a festive gesture towards another person who may experience loneliness over Christmas. It is one person putting love and thought into a card, to pass a smile and a sense of feeling remembered and loved on to another person.”

The Christmas-wrapped letterbox is already up and assembled in the Dargaville Library, who have cards to give out for free to those who want to spread some cheer. The librarians also point out that kids should get ready for this year’s summer reading challenge, as the prizes for 2019 are top-notch.