The opening date for Tauranga's first women's shelter is getting closer as community donations pour into Awhina House.

General manager Angela Wallace said there was a great buzz in the community over the shelter and everyone had been "extremely generous" with their time and items.

As the Bay of Plenty Times went to catch up on the progress, Wallace and the Tauranga City Council community development team were setting up the 12 new beds that had been given to the house by a furniture shop at a discounted price.

Wallace said setting up these beds was a special time for the shelter as it was a part of their core value of giving people "a nice bed and a roof over your head".

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The Tauranga City Council's community development team leader, Dani Jurgeleit, said the team was fully behind what Awhina was trying to do as it embodied the ethos of the team.

Bed linen, couches, toiletry packs, and even bathrobes have been donated by local businesses and an abundance of pillows was donated by the local men's shelter, who had too many.

But it was not just businesses offering donations, Wallace said. Some special members of the community were also keen to drop off any items they could.

A prime example of this was when the shelter told the community it needed some compost and a hose for its garden.

Andre Drew, 10 (left), and Corban Holmes, 10, came to help out in a working bee last Sunday with their team from Curate Church. Photo / Supplied
Andre Drew, 10 (left), and Corban Holmes, 10, came to help out in a working bee last Sunday with their team from Curate Church. Photo / Supplied

A local woman dropped a hose off the next morning.

Not long after a local business offered a good rate for three tonnes of compost for the garden.

Wallace said this would help create a beautiful garden for the women to relax in.

It was not just material things being donated - a number of community-driven working bees have helped shape the exterior of the shelter.

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Crews came out to clear out weeds, rubbish and even car tyres from the garden to make way for a revamp.

The shelter is now seeking plant sponsorship to make the garden shine and eco lightbulbs to light up the building sustainably.

There are more working bees coming up and for any information on getting involved in the next one, visit Community Angels Tauranga on Facebook.

The opening date for the shelter is yet to be confirmed.