Operation Blue Santa Taranaki

Operation Blue Santa Taranaki is a community project run by Roderique Hope Emergency Housing Trust in collaboration with the New Plymouth Police Family Harm Team which provides Christmas food boxes for whānau for Police and Social Services to deliver at Christmas time. 

operation blue santa

Roderique Hope Trust and The Police Family Term along with local Social Services connects Operation Blue Santa with whānau who have been impacted by family violence or who are struggling in severe hardship and poverty.  An important part of this process is a conversation with whanau regarding safety over the Christmas season. 

Family Violence is a real concern in our Taranaki community with Police attending 5012 family harm incidents between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023 in Taranaki. That is, on average 14 call outs across our region per day.

Operation Blue Santa provides the opportunity for Police to have a positive interaction with the community rather than an interaction at a time of crisis. This provides the Police with the opportunity to engage, build trust and confidence with the whānau.

The cost of one Operation Blue Santa Basket is $100 which is full of non-perishable grocery items and Christmas treats. 

Funds of any amount can be deposited into the Roderique Hope Trust account and a personal or business tax receipt will be posted to the donator at the end of the financial year.  Operation Blue Santa donations can claim back one third of their donation via IRD.

Account details:
Roderique Hope Trust
15 3953 0821231 00
ref: Blue Santa

Operation Blue Santa made a tangible difference in the lives of over 500 whānau in Taranaki in 2022 and all funds were generously donated by the Taranaki community to make this possible.  This was as a result of the phenomenal collaboration between the Police, community organisations, community groups, churches, businesses and families in our community putting their hand up and saying, I want to be part of the solution for our Taranaki community.

We believe that together, we can grow Operation Blue Santa and continue to make a difference for hundreds of whānau in our region.

For more information please feel free to contact Michelle Ramage and the team at bluesanta@roderiquehope.co.nz or by clicking the link below to download the full information letter.

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