by Urs Cunningham

The Wellington Breeze 'Pack the Bus' donation drive

2021 has been a tough year for many of our whānau around Wellington. Pack the Bus is an initiative that supports Wellington City Mission to help families to access food and toys for their tamariki in order to make this Christmas a happy one for all.

We need your help with this fabulous cause. There will be a collection point in the Amesbury office foyer from Monday 15 November. It would be great if your whānau could donate items to this very worthy cause. 

During December the donation bus travels around Wellington picking up donations of Food and Gifts, which are then distributed to those families in need over the Christmas period. On Wednesday 1st December the bus will be arriving at school to pick up all of the donations made by the ākonga and whānau of Amesbury School.

A kaitiakitanga (leadership) group of Pōhutukawa students will be overseeing this donation drive in the next few weeks.

Items that will be gratefully received as donations include:

Essential Items:

Spreads and Muesli bars

Weetbix, Oats & Muesli

Sugar and Milk Powder

Pasta Sauce

Tinned Soup/fish/meat

Biscuits and Crackers

Body Wash and Deodorant

Baby Food, Wipes and Nappies

Laundry Powder and Dishwashing Liquid

Christmas Items:

Small Christmas Cakes

Fancy biscuits/crackers

Fancy relishes/sauces

Salts/roasted nuts


Toiletries for the whole family

Retail vouchers

Toys: (new toys only please - and unwrapped)

Construction Toys - Lego/Meccano

Art equipment

Educational toys and books


Baby toys for 0-2yr olds


Board games

Thank you so much in advance for supporting this, and for helping our Wellington whānau in need this Christmas. 

Warm regards, 

The Amesbury team