Shar­ing bounty, feed­ing fam­i­lies

Waihi Leader - - News - By CAR­MEN HALL [email protected]­hileader.co.nz

A give-and-take food and goods ini­tia­tive at sev­eral spots around Waihi is be­ing em­braced by lo­cals.

The Gift Box in Mackay Street has been go­ing for two months af­ter Tina Wright de­cided she wanted to some­thing for peo­ple who were strug­gling in the com­mu­nity.

She tabled the idea on so­cial me­dia look­ing for feed­back and help.

Within a few hours some­one dropped off an old fruit stall and af­ter a cou­ple of mod­i­fi­ca­tions by her hus­band she was up and run­ning.

At the be­gin­ning, a lot of lemons and grape­fruit were do­nated but it quickly gath­ered mo­men­tum with tinned food and other items ap­pear­ing on the stall.

Tina says up to 45 cars visit a day, not count­ing those on foot or on mo­bil­ity scoot­ers.

On the day the Waihi Leader vis­ited, the Gift Box had fresh veg­eta­bles, flow­ers, stuffed toys, mag­a­zines, jam and tins of chick peas and lentils.

Open seven days a week un­til 7pm Tina says she it was re­ward­ing help­ing oth­ers but “it’s a lot of hard work”.

“I am glad I did it but I am up at 6.30am load­ing up the stall and then I pack ev­ery­thing into boxes at night.”

Tina also made jam and lemon curd for the stall and held a garage sale on Satur­day with pro­ceeds pumped back into keep­ing The Gift Box shelves stacked.

An­other suc­cess story has been the Un­der­ground Mar­ket’s Shar­ing Shed.

Kim Gar­diner says she jumped at the chance to set up its stall a cou­ple of months ago. The motto is “please be con­sid­er­ate and only take what you need so oth­ers can have a kai too”.

“I had been think­ing about it for ages so it was great to set it up.

“There is a need out there and it’s get­ting used ev­ery day,” Kim says. “You don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to swap some­thing on the day.

“We had a lady from Welling­ton who took a bar of soap and then posted one back, which I thought was pretty cool.”

Un­der­ground Mar­ket stall­holder Lomah Sar­ney says the con­cept is “won­der­ful”.

Peo­ple do­nated all sorts of things, in­clud­ing toi­letries and san­i­tary prod­ucts, which were al­ways well re­ceived.

You don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to swap some­thing on the day. We had a lady from Welling­ton who took a bar of soap and then posted one back, which I thought was cool.’ pretty

KIM GAR­DINER

PHO­TOS / CAR­MEN HALL

The Shar­ing Shed con­cept is won­der­ful, says Un­der­ground Mar­ket stall­holder Lomah Sar­ney.

Tina Wright started The Gift Box out­side her house two months ago and she says it is at­tract­ing lots of daily visi­tors.

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