Donation to food banks instead of sending Christmas cards

17 Dec 2012 |

Law firm Anderson Lloyd has donated $11,500 to food banks in the South Island this year instead of spending the money on Christmas gifts and cards.

“Christmas is meant to be a joyous, family time of the year,” says Anderson Lloyd Chief Executive Richard Greenaway, “but we know that for many struggling families the pressures of the festive season exacerbate their situation. We also know that at this time of year food banks are under increased pressure.”

Mr Greenaway says Anderson Lloyd has made donations in lieu of Christmas cards and gifts for a number of years. “It is one way we can give back to the community,” he says. “We feel that donations toward food banks do more to share the joy of Christmas than the usual practice of sending out Christmas cards to clients and acquaintances.”

The recipient organisations work directly in the communities in which Anderson Lloyd works – Dunedin, Christchurch and Queenstown.

“We are committed to the communities in which we live. Through our pro bono work, through our support of the arts and through our desire to create a more sustainable business, we will continue to support our communities in a tangible way,” Mr Greenaway says.
Donations went to:

Presbyterian Support Otago $5500
Second only to the state, Presbyterian Support is the biggest provider of social service and assistance to families, youth, children, the elderly, rest homes and similar facilities. Presbyterian Support Otago is one of the region’s top four employers. “Anderson Lloyd is delighted to assist this worthy charity to help alleviate family suffering that is especially difficult at this time of the year.”

Salvation Army Queenstown $3000
“For more than a century, when Kiwis have needed help, the ‘Sallies’ have been there,” says Mr Greenaway. “Anderson Lloyd has a history of working with and supporting the Salvation Army and we’re proud to continue that support knowing it goes straight to those most in need.”

Christchurch City Mission $3000
“City Missions are right at the coalface of human need and suffering,” says Mr Greenaway. “Their food banks are in high demand and they are often dealing with people who would otherwise slip through the gaps in the social support system. Their work is tough and demanding but so very necessary and we are confident this donation will make a real difference to the number of people and families that can be helped.”

For more information contact Richard Greenaway 03 477-3973 or 027 487-2626