Do­na­tions up on last year

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Five more banana boxes of do­nated food than last year pleased Palmer­ston North food drive or­gan­is­ers at the weekend.

The Sal­va­tion Army’s cap­tain Ste­wart Lee praised city folk for their gen­eros­ity on Satur­day, along with spon­sors Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy, the Lions Club of Mid­dle Dis­tricts, and the vol­un­teers who col­lected and col­lated the do­nated non­per­ish­able goods.

‘‘The food drive box count was 881. Spe­cial thanks to the com­mu­nity of Palmer­ston North,’’ Lee said.

The 2015 to­tal was 876 banana boxes.

Kim Pen­ney, gen­eral man­ager of Methodist So­cial Ser­vices (MSS); who share in the food drive pro­ceeds, said watch­ing the do­na­tions flow in on Satur­day evening pro­vided an amaz­ing spec­ta­cle. ‘‘It was won­der­ful to see this com­mu­nity sup­port­ing it­self - cit­i­zens sup­port­ing cit­i­zens. It’s great to see how peo­ple in Palmy look out for one an­other.’’

Pen­ney said those who missed the col­lec­tion were more than wel­come to drop off contributions to MSS or to the Sal­va­tion Army at any time.

Satur­day’s col­lec­tion would have been boosted by 14 pal­let­loads of gro­cery items that were de­liv­ered last week from Count­down Su­per­mar­kets fol­low­ing a bro­ken sprin­kler sys­tem in the Mi­haere Dr ware­house caused by the Kaik­oura earth­quake.

Vol­un­teers work hard sort­ing the food col­lected dur­ing the an­nual food drive to re­plen­ish Christ­mas and New Year food­bank sup­plies.

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