Love in a box from Mayfield
Big city television reporter turned Mid Canterbury farm-girl Donna-Marie Lever has ventured into the world of business, offering care and love to people in their time of need.
She’s just launched My Care Package, a business she runs from the Mayfield farm where she lives with her husband and their two preschoolers, and although it’s early days, she’s loving it. It’s a perfect fit around family life, works around other projects she’s juggling, and it makes people feel good.
My Care Package puts together parcels for people, and sends them around the country. There’s a variety of care packages – sympathy, new baby and even man flu are among the times of need covered – and it’s about sending love in a box to people, to those who need it. It’s a business that stemmed from personal experience.
‘‘Someone died, and I was looking for something to send his widow, but I just couldn’t find anything online. I was just looking for anything that wasn’t flowers, and all I could find was flowers or fluffy teddy bears,’’ Lever said.
So she decided to make up a care package, and from there, My Care Package was born.
Auckland born and raised, Lever moved to Mayfield after her husband returned to his family farm four years ago, and two years ago she decided the four-times a week commute to Christchurch from Mayfield to continue working in television, was just too much, so she left TVNZ.
‘‘Farm life changes you. It’s very limited, the things that you can do out here that don’t involve a tractor.
‘‘I wanted something that would work on the side of family life. I still write and I still do bits and pieces of telly, and this is just something that’s completely different.
‘‘I’ve spent an entire career, usually around horrible, sad situations and there is a lot of negative news out there and it actually makes me feel good when I make these up and send them to people, because I think about when they open them, and how it will make their day. This makes me feel good, and I think it balances out my yin and yang.
‘‘I love the diversity I have in my life now.’’
Donna-Marie Blake-Lever has started a business sending care packages to those in need.