Sharing bounty, feeding families
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
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.