Bounty amazes food bank trust
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