Mark­ing 50 years with food­bank dona­tions

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When it came to find­ing a wor­thy way to fin­ish off the 50th year of run­ning Mount Maun­ganui’s Cosy Cor­ner Hol­i­day Park, man­ager Vicki Wood­craft chose an in­ge­nious way to share their cel­e­bra­tions.

Wood­craft runs the camp­ground with Greg David­son, whose par­ents bought the prop­erty in 1967.

This week, Wood­craft and David­son are do­nat­ing three dif­fer­ent food parcels, each with 50 in­di­vid­ual food items, to the Tau­ranga Com­mu­nity Food­bank as part of the

Christ­mas Ap­peal.

To mark the mile­stone, Wood­craft said the team had spent much of the year un­der­tak­ing dif­fer­ent al­tru­is­tic ac­tiv­i­ties such as rais­ing money for Waipuna Hos­pice by climb­ing Mauao over 50 days, mak­ing 50 Boomerang Bags and col­lect­ing 50 back­packs for All Chil­dren Mat­ter, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that makes up emer­gency cloth­ing packs for kids in need.

“Then we were think­ing ‘what can we do to fin­ish the end of the 50th year off with?’ Then I saw the food­bank story and thought ‘I know what we can do’,” Wood­craft said.

One of the do­na­tion parcels con­sists of 50 tins of fruit, an­other 50 pack­ets of jelly and the other has 50 Christ­mas treats.

“If we all do a lit­tle bit, it all helps,” Wood­craft said.

“It’s al­ways neat to be do­ing things for oth­ers around here. Not just our­selves.

“We like to be in­volved.” Wood­craft said they wanted to of­fer food items “that weren’t the tra­di­tional cans of baked beans or spaghetti”.

“We got the Christ­mas treats, too, be­cause it’s nice to give peo­ple some­thing a lit­tle bit ex­tra that they nor­mally wouldn’t get.”

Wood­craft said they would drop the goods off to one of the Christ­mas Ap­peal drop off points — the

Cameron Rd of­fice or any of the Tau­ranga city li­braries.

“I just think it’s im­por­tant for any busi­ness to re­ally be in­volved in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Photo / Ge­orge No­vak

Vicki Wood­craft and Greg David­son, from Cosy Cor­ner Hol­i­day Park, are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years in busi­ness by cre­at­ing col­lec­tions of 50 food items for the food­bank.

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