Appeal response thrills

By Amy McGillivray

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Jan Boon, a Greerton resident, happily dug some food out of her pantry when Kelly Whibley, left, and Deb Batkins, of the  Bay of Plenty Times , knocked on her door as part of the foodbank Christmas appeal. Photo / Joel Ford
Jan Boon, a Greerton resident, happily dug some food out of her pantry when Kelly Whibley, left, and Deb Batkins, of the Bay of Plenty Times , knocked on her door as part of the foodbank Christmas appeal. Photo / Joel Ford

Donations poured in when Bay of Plenty Times staff and family hit the streets collecting for the Christmas appeal.

Last night teams of volunteers knocked on doors in Greerton for the last of three can drives to collect donations for the Tauranga Community Foodbank.

Residents gave generously when staff came calling along Greerton Rd, Emmett St, Pooles Rd, Kiteroa St, Mansels Rd and Tyrone St as part of the Bay of Plenty Times Christmas Appeal.

Bay of Plenty Times classified sales manager Tara Childs said she was amazed to see so many generous people.

"It's very rewarding, very humbling," she said.

Co-worker Angela Freeman said everyone was welcoming.

"People are really generous. They have been fantastic."

Foodbank chairman Mike Baker estimated about 400 items were collected.

The Christmas Appeal was launched about a month ago and more than $37,300 has been raised for the foodbank.

Not including last night's collection, 6842 items had been donated to the foodbank during the appeal, with each item valued at $1.50. Cash donations of more than $27,000, including $7500 of Pak'nSave vouchers and an anonymous $5000 donation, have been dropped off at the foodbank and transferred into the appeal bank account.

The Tauranga city Sunrise Lions Club will also be holding a can drive between 11th Ave and 18th Ave tomorrow.

Donations for the foodbank can be made at any Westpac branch, Bay of Plenty Times office (Tauranga, Katikati or Te Puke) or at the foodbank on Dive Cres.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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