Lo­cal schools col­lect cans for good

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - AMELIA CHRIS­TENSEN-ROSE

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.

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