Quake care packs sought

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Waikato MP Lind­say Tisch is call­ing on the gen­eros­ity of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity for the Shoe Boxes of Love ini­tia­tive, de­signed to get care pack­ages to quake af­fected peo­ple in Christchurch.

The boxes are care pack­ages filled with good­ies and feel-good gifts, some of which in­clude per­sonal notes of sup­port, aimed to lift the spir­its of the re­cip­i­ents.

‘‘ This is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to show Christchurch res­i­dents that we are think­ing of them and do­ing our bit to help them get through this dif­fi­cult time,’’ said Mr Tisch.

Peo­ple are asked to cre­ate a Shoe­box of Love and de­liver it to the elec­torate of­fice.

The boxes from around New Zealand will be sent to Christchurch and dis­trib­uted by Ro­tary and other key sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Mata­mata res­i­dents have been quick to of­fer sup­port through fi­nan­cial do­na­tions and of­fers of ac­com­mo­da­tion.

‘‘I have been over­whelmed and hum­bled by the level of sup­port from our com­mu­nity,’’ said Mr Tisch.

‘‘We can­not un­der­es­ti­mate the toll the earth­quake is tak­ing on Christchurch res­i­dents. They are go­ing to need our sup­port for many months to come.’’

The Shoe Boxes of Love ini­tia­tive is based on one that worked suc­cess­fully in Queens­land dur­ing the Jan­uary floods, where more than 11,000 pack­ages were de­liv­ered to fam­i­lies.

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact the Mata­mata elec­torate of­fice at 49 Broad­way or phone 888 6786, or visit the web­site www.shoe­box­e­soflove.org.nz.

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