Bounty amazes food bank trust

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Food Bank is once more, very grate­ful to the kind and gen­er­ous peo­ple of our town. It is truly amaz­ing that, in spite of a cold mis­er­able day last Sun­day, our an­nual ap­peal for stores to re­plen­ish our empty store rooms brought for­ward a wealth of canned food and other food­stuffs.

We all know that times are harder than ever and that makes it all the more dif­fi­cult to find a dol­lar to help those in our town who are in the great­est need.

Once again staff from the Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade and St John’s Am­bu­lance gave up their Sun­day and pro­vided five ve­hi­cles to help us ob­tain do­na­tions of cans and other food items.

The Pine Nee­dles Patch­work and Quilt­ing Group made us an­other of their mag­nif­i­cent patch­work quilts to raf­fle. This, to­gether with cash do­na­tions on the day, brought us around $1400 – enough to pay our ba­sic gro­ceries ex­penses for two months.

A thank you also, to all those good peo­ple who turned out to do the hard work on this, our sin­gle main ap­peal for re­sources.

Our Food Bank vol­un­teer staff, who work so self­lessly through­out the year, worked even harder on this vi­tal day of the year.

Over the years, they have de­vised a sys­tem which works so smoothly that the do­nated food just flows onto the shelves. I could see that their fam­i­lies and friends, of all ages, had been press ganged into as­sist­ing.

There have to be two vans or cars with trail­ers fol­low­ing each fire ap­pli­ance to carry all the tins and pack­ages, and here we are most grate­ful to the 10 driv­ers who met that need. And then there were the peo­ple from all over town who, once more, turned out on a freez­ing cold, damp day to run along the streets col­lect­ing the do­nated goods.

The ladies of The Catholic Women’s League, once again catered for us, by pro­vid­ing food, hot and cold drinks and won­der­ful hot soup – es­pe­cially wel­come on this cold day.

Nick Plais­towe, Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Food Bank

Trust vol­un­teers, mem­bers and donors who helped to make our 2011 Arthri­tis Ap­peal Week a suc­cess.

We are proud to re­port that thanks to the on­go­ing gen­eros­ity and sup­port of our donors, we raised $17,794 in the Waikato re­gion dur­ing this year’s ap­peal. Across the coun­try, we raised a to­tal of $390,600.

We de­pend on fundrais­ing for 75 per cent of our in­come; it is para­mount to our suc­cess. With­out your gen­er­ous do­na­tions, we wouldn’t be able to help the more than 530,000 New Zealan­ders who live with the pain of arthri­tis ev­ery day.

Although this year’s street ap­peal has con­cluded, our work to im­prove the health and well be­ing of peo­ple who are af­fected by arthri­tis con­tin­ues and we still need your help.

If you missed our col­lec­tors, you can still sup­port us by mak­ing a $20 do­na­tion by call­ing 0900 333 20

If you would like to learn more about the ser­vices we of­fer, how to vol­un­teer, or make a do­na­tion, ring 0800 663 463 or visit www.arthri­tis.org.nz.

San­dra Kirby Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Arthri­tis New

Zealand

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