Pub­lic give gen­er­ously

Kapiti News - - News -

The Christ­mas spirit ar­rived early again this year for food bank, with the Com­bined Lions clubs of Kapiti and Otaki col­lec­tion again be­ing a great suc­cess.

Foodbank ap­peal co-or­di­na­tor Luke Woods said there was more food col­lected and there were as many vol­un­teer helpers as were needed.

“This year was even more suc­cess­ful than in 2017 and 430 ba­nana boxes full of food are now in stor­age.

“Food is still be­ing dropped off at food bank and our other col­lec­tion points.

“We es­ti­mate the value of what we re­ceived to be equal of last year’s $53,600.” This pro­vides us with our ma­jor an­nual re­stock, vi­tal for meet­ing the in­creased de­mand, es­pe­cially over Christ­mas.”

The food bank col­lec­tion is a joint ef­fort by the Kapiti and Otaki Lions clubs, and was co-or­di­nated by Sue Leen of Ka­paka­panui Lions (food col­lected in Otaki is all utilised there).

She said Lions hand-de­liv­ered 20,000 marked and oxo biodegrad­able plas­tic bags over the pre­vi­ous week and col­lected them on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24.

Sue said Lions were again thrilled at the pub­lic’s gen­eros­ity.

She at­trib­uted the suc­cess to a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing the dis­trictwide distribution of the Foodbank bags, with in­for­ma­tion on when the col­lec­tion would take place and what type of sup­plies were best for the needy.

“And most of all we are grate­ful for the com­mu­nity-wide gen­eros­ity, es­pe­cially those in the re­tire­ment vil­lages who were par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous, which is es­pe­cially grat­i­fy­ing com­ing from peo­ple, most of whom are on fixed in­comes.”

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