Pasifika families boost food banks
Porirua’s giving spirit shone through as residents all over the city helped to fill a huge truck with food and toys for the Salvation Army and Wesley Community Action Group food banks.
The collection, carried out in true Island style with an open Mainfreight truck, Pacific drums, music and food, was the final event in the Stronger Pacific Families Week of Action which wrapped up on December 4.
Local volunteers visited churches from Waitangirua to Tawa collecting bags of nonperishables to stock the food banks’ shelves.
Pastor Teremoana Tauira said the most ‘‘poignant moment’’ for him happened as the collection truck was leaving St Timothy’s Presbyterian Church in Titahi Bay.
‘‘An old palagi man comes out of his home with two cans of food, his hands were shaking and he was asking us to take the cans off him.
‘‘He slowly places the cans in the plastic bag and says that he hopes it helps someone,’’ Pastor Tauira said.
‘‘We tried to give it back to him but he pleaded with us to not to . . . he hopes those cans will serve others.’’
Pastor Tauira said there were a number of people who gave’’ along the trail.
A woman and her children who saw the truck on Mungavin Ave approached collectors to see what the fuss was about, later tracked it down in Titahi Bay to offer two grocery bags of food items.
‘‘She just simply said, ‘You’re doing something awesome for the people, I just want to contribute and God bless you all’,’’ said Pastor Tauira.
He thanks the community groups who contributed and the week’s main sponsors, Family and Community Services from the Ministry of Social Development, Porirua City Council and Te Rauparaha Arena.
Sharing the love: Stronger Pacific Families volunteers celebrate their final food collection for the day at Waitangirua. The food was donated to the Salvation Army and Wesley Community Action Group.