Dan and Anoushka felt there was nothing they really needed under the Christmas tree last year. So they decided to pledge their Christmas to Pomegranate Kitchen instead of receiving gifts for themselves.
Anoushka says: “It was the perfect option because we had been thinking that people spending money on gifts for us didn’t feel good. We didn’t need the gifts but it was nice that people were making the gesture – we’d been thinking for a while about how we could approach it differently.”
She said when they heard about The Good Registry, it seemed like the perfect answer to the question of what their friends and family could do instead.
“Everyone that I’ve talked to agrees that The Good Registry is an amazing idea.”
When deciding on charities that they could support, Dan and Anoushka made a shortlist of about five top picks. While it was a tough choice, they also know they can use future events to support some of their other favourite charities.
They chose Pomegranate Kitchen (a social enterprise that provides catering and creates employment for people from refugee backgrounds), because of the welcome and support that it provides to people from refugee backgrounds within the extended Wellington community.
Anoushka said: “It made us feel much better about Christmas, knowing that the money was going to a good cause.”
Read about how donations such as Dan and Anoushka’s Christmas helped Pomegranate Kitchen here.