Local schools collect cans for good
Salvation Army food banks around the country are already running low on stock, and there is a high demand for its services this time of year.
Joining up with Watties, the Salvation Army recruited schools to help restock shelves in the lead up to Christmas with the Cans for Good campaign.
Salvation Army head of social services Pam Waugh said a number of food banks are stretched to meet the demand from people requiring food parcels.
‘‘Already this year we have seen almost an 11 per cent increase for food parcels from the previous year,’’ Waugh said.
‘‘Christmas is an extremely difficult time for many families, so food donations from Cans for Good will make a real difference to New Zealanders when they need it most.’’
Eleven schools and kindergartens around Hamilton assisted in collecting cans for the Salvation Army between October 30 and November 3.
The schools include Hamilton Junior High, Hukanui School, Melville Intermediate, Nawton School, Fraser High School, Chapel Hill Kindergarten and River Downs Playcentre.
It’s the second year of the campaign which combines collecting for charity with a creative competition where participants can create their own can.
-Amelia Christensen-Rose is a Wintec Journalism Student.