Food bank grateful for aid
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