Free drink for food bank dona­tion

Free drink for food to food­bank

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

A Ro­torua cafe is buzzing with the fes­tive spirit as they sup­port an ap­peal which helps fam­i­lies have a spe­cial Christ­mas.

Next Tues­day, from 7am to 3pm, Scope Cafe will be giv­ing out a free hot drink for a dona­tion to­wards the Ro­torua Daily Post Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Food­bank Ap­peal.

The cafe will also con­tinue to col­lect any items peo­ple wish to do­nate un­til the end of the ap­peal on De­cem­ber 22.

Scope Cafe owner Dana Greer says there has al­ready been a great re­sponse on their Face­book page.

She says Ro­torua has an awe­some, giv­ing com­mu­nity.

Last year Scope Cafe had many do­na­tions, with some peo­ple bring­ing in boxes of items, and the Sal­va­tion Army had to do two pick-ups from the cafe, she says.

“It’s such a great spirit. It was such a great feel­ing hav­ing ev­ery­one come in.” Dana says any non-per­ish­able foods or items that last are wel­come do­na­tions, in­clud­ing items such as nap­pies, san­i­tary items and milk pow­der.

She thinks peo­ple can be­come a bit over­whelmed with com­mu­ni­ties of­ten be­ing asked to give and give, so it is nice to of­fer some­thing where peo­ple re­ceive in re­turn.

“It can be a tough time of the year . . . so hope­fully the com­mu­nity will get be­hind it and sup­port the wider com­mu­nity. “It’s once a year, why not?” Owner Steven Greer says they are look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity and those less for­tu­nate, and help­ing peo­ple to have a great Christ­mas.

He en­cour­ages peo­ple to get in­volved be­cause there is the feel­good fac­tor when you do some­thing good for some­one else.

Photo / Ben Fraser

Dana and Steven Greer at Scope Cafe.

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