Quake care packs sought
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.