Love in a box from May­field

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

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.’’

ERIN TASKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Donna-Marie Blake-Lever has started a busi­ness send­ing care pack­ages to those in need.

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