Food bank grate­ful for aid

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

The Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Food Bank held its an­nual street ap­peal for non-per­ish­able food­stuffs last Sun­day af­ter­noon. It is the only com­mu­nity-wide ap­peal we make in the year and we are hugely de­pen­dent on its success. To any­one who was dis­turbed by the sirens and loud-hail­ers on the ap­pli­ances, our apolo­gies, and we prom­ise not to do it again for a whole year, but then we will have to do it again. Peo­ple in need are al­ways with us.

The peo­ple of this most com­mu­nity-minded of towns have not for­got­ten those among us with the most ba­sic dif­fi­culty for any fam­ily; that of not be­ing able to put some food on the ta­ble. So, a huge thank you, to ev­ery­one who made a con­tri­bu­tion. It was heart­warm­ing to re­ceive such a gen­er­ous re­sponse, when times have be­come so much harder for ev­ery­one.

Once again we are in­debted to the fire­men and women from the vol­un­teer fire bri­gade, and also the St John’s Am­bu­lance, who gave up their Sun­day and pro­vided five ve­hi­cles, to help us ob­tain do­na­tions of cans and other food items. We par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ated those who jumped down from their ap­pli­ances and took do­nated items from the chil­dren and adults who brought their gifts on to the streets.

Our thanks also to all those, par­tic­u­larly from the squash club, who turned out to do the hard work of run­ning with the ap­pli­ances and col­lect­ing the gifts; our food bank vol­un­teer staff, who work so self­lessly through­out the year, and then work even harder on this, for us, vi­tal an­nual ap­peal. A spe­cial thank you to the three young men who whipped the heavy boxes of cans from the back of my ute at Food Bank House – my back and I are truly grate­ful. Our thanks too, to those who pro­vided their ve­hi­cles to trail each ap­pli­ance pick­ing up the tins and pack­ages. The ladies of The Catholic Women’s League once again pro­vided food, drinks and won­der­ful hot soup.

Nick Plais­towe Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Food Bank

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