The amazing generousness that is deeply inbedded in the people of New Zealand always shines through
Arataki residents generously got behind the first can drive of this year's Bay of Plenty Times Christmas Appeal. The initial step was for staff of the ‘Bay of Plenty Times’ to collect donations for the first food bank on the list - Tauranga Community Foodbank, and though they expected residents to give, the response was overwhelming. Possibly the most endearing even was that volunteer firefighter helped by driving the streets sounding their sirens to make residents aware of the campaign, can you genuinely say you would see things like this anywhere else in the world? A reporter who was there at the time, Sonya Bateson said that the response was just amazing and people were handing over an unbelievable amount of food.
Food Bank chairman Mike Baker has estimated that more than 500 items were collected during the one outing. The Christmas Appeal launched less than two weeks ago and since then, more than $11,800 has been raised for the foodbank.
Cash donations of more than $10,800 have been dropped off to the foodbank and transferred into the appeal bank account.
The amazing generousness that is deeply inbedded in the people of New Zealand always shines through and we’re a nation known for giving and for helping. We have helped countless immigrants join our country and communities and here we really are just like one big happy family! Imagine the community spirit within an English town during the Blitz, for example, add in some glorious sunshine, breathtaking backdrops and stunning scenery and in a nutshell, that is New Zealand!
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