Needy families can bank on charity
Struggling families in Matamata will have food on the table and presents under the tree this Christmas with the help of the Matamata Food and Clothing Bank.
Co- ordinator Raewyn, who prefers not to give her last name, said about 30 families are to receive boxes of groceries and gift bags full of books and toys.
Matamata Countdown has contributed $500 of groceries as part of a nationwide initiative to feed Kiwis in need at Christmas.
Kevin Buckley and his father Keith have also donated hundreds of dollars worth of groceries to the cause.
Kevin’s late mother Marie was treasurer of the food bank for 12 years and the family makes a contribution each year in her memory.
Raewyn said with a lot of companies downsizing, she was expecting a busier than usual January.
‘‘We need as much help as we can get,’’ she said.
Donations of nonperishable food goods, meat, vegetables, or any other grocery items can be left at the Citizens Advice Bureau at Railside by the Green.
There are also bins at both Countdown and New World where people can make a contribution.