Lions con­trib­ute food to parish col­lec­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

For those who strug­gle to put food on the ta­ble es­pe­cially at a time like Christ­mas, a par­cel of good­ies goes a long way in im­prov­ing spir­its.

Ti­rau Lions has been do­nat­ing food to the Ti­rau Co­op­er­at­ing Parish for the past three years.

Ti­rau Lions pres­i­dent Mark Suther­land said they liked to do their bit in the com­mu­nity and thought this was one way to help. ‘‘We have monthly meet­ings and en­cour­age our mem­bers to bring an item of food to put aside,’’ he said.

Ti­rau Co-op­er­at­ing Parish of­fice man­ager Fiona Van Lent said they were not what you would deem a nor­mal food bank but they loved to help out those in need, or who had lost a loved one or just had a rough time.

The re­ac­tions from those who re­ceived the parcels were heart­warm­ing, Mrs Van Lent said.

‘‘We have had peo­ple stand- ing there with tears stream­ing down their faces who are just so over­whelmed by the gesture,’’ she said.

Last year, just be­fore Christ­mas, 17 parcels were dis­trib­uted in the Ti­rau area.

Giv­ing: Ti­rau Lions pres­i­dent Mark Suther­land passes on food to Ti­rau Co-op­er­at­ing Parish of­fice man­ager Fiona Van Lent. The food is made up into parcels and dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies at Christ­mas time each year.

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