Gift of giv­ing car­ries on

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Shar­ing is a life les­son Wai­tan­girua’s Jas­mine Taankink has taken to heart.

The mother of three runs the Porirua Koha Shed, invit­ing visi­tors to do­nate and take as many items as they re­quire.

Housed in a garage on Wai­hora Cres, the Koha Shed has helped many fam­i­lies since its cre­ation more than a year ago.

‘‘It saves a lot of peo­ple a lot of money,’’ Ms Taankink said.

‘‘It just shows that there’s enough for every­body if we share.’’

The idea be­gan on a Whanganuibased Face­book page where peo­ple of­fered free goods they no longer needed.

A sim­i­lar Face­book page was set up in Porirua in Au­gust 2012, and within a fort­night had enough re­sponse to open a real shed, where peo­ple could give and take freely ac­cord­ing to need.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter how rich or poor you are,’’ Ms Taankink said. ‘‘It’s for every­body.’’ The free items in­clude books, board games, clothes, house­hold items, tools, fur­ni­ture, crafts and more, Ms Taankink said.

‘‘ We had a heated towel rail brought in the other day. We’ve had a pi­ano, a play­house and swingset.’’

Larger items are listed on the group’s Face­book page so in­ter­ested tak­ers can pick them up di­rectly.

Ms Taankink has also cre­ated a Face­book page called Free Kai – Porirua, for shar­ing un­needed food.

If res­i­dents have un­wanted items or fruit trees that need pick­ing, they can list them on the Face­book page for in­ter­ested tak­ers to col­lect, she said.

‘‘There’s a lot of food that goes to waste, I’ve no­ticed, around Porirua,’’ she said.

The Porirua Koha Shed is open 10am till 3pm week­days and Thurs­days 10am till dark at 43 Wai­hora Cres, Wai­tan­girua.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Porirua Koha Shed and Free Kai – Porirua Face­book pages.

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