Thousands of food items have been donated for the 12-hour Fill the Bus food drive, just beating last year's efforts.
The Hits Rotorua Fill the Bus drive took place yesterday. A big green bus, donated by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Reesby's, made more than 20 stops over the course of the day.
Rotorua Daily Post Salvation Army Christmas Appeal Fill the Bus day.
Last year the bus collected 5357 food items and 1126 toys. This year, the efforts have been topped - with 5844 items donated.
Each of the items are valued at $2, so $10,852 of food was donated.
The Hits Rotorua presenter Paul Hickey said the day was "tiring but inspiring".
Image 1 of 20: Fill the Bus. Ann Hotson at the Redwood Shopping Centre. Image 2 of 20: Fill the Bus. Ngongotahā School. Image 3 of 20: Fill the Bus. Skyline staff Dee-Jay Tiopara, (left), Mandy Airlie, Cushla Heta, (centre) and Danielle Porterous as the Grinch. Image 4 of 20: Fill the Bus. Nani Challans, 9, Kawaha Pt School. Image 5 of 20: Fill the Bus. Tyson Nathan, 10, from Western Heights Primary School with Bryce Morris from The Hits. Image 6 of 20: Fill the Bus. Westbrook School. Image 7 of 20: Fill the Bus. Westbrook School. Image 8 of 20: Fill the Bus. Moana Houkamau, left, and Danielle Porteous. Image 9 of 20: Fill the Bus. Jovan Bosch 13, (top), Richard Cunliffe, 13, and Luca Allibone 13. Image 10 of 20: Fill the Bus. Zoe Parker, 10, (left), Kate Hastings, 11, and Emma Powell, 11. Otonga Road Primary School. Image 11 of 20: Fill the Bus. Staff at Countdown Fenton St. Image 12 of 20: Fill the Bus. Lynmore Primary School. Image 13 of 20: Fill the Bus. Kaylee Galliers, 7, (left) and Damon Chandler, 6, Image 14 of 20: Fill the Bus. Kahira Rata Olley, (centre) with Salvation Army staff Puawaereti Ryder, (left) and and Suzy King at the Redwood Shopping Centre. Image 15 of 20: Fill the Bus. Puawaereti Ryder , (left) and Suzy King from Sallies with Shawna and Mila Hawke 15 months. Image 16 of 20: Fill the Bus. Louise Sherman, (left) and Anne Hunter from the First Credit Union with Ralph Overbye from Salvation Army and Paul Hickey from the Hits. Image 17 of 20: Image 18 of 20: Fill the Bus. Mila Ensor, 5, (left) and Heaton Ensor, 8, with Paul Hickey from The Hits. Image 19 of 20: Monty Kumar from Western Heights Four Square. Image 20 of 20: Fill the Bus Ralph Overbye from the Salvation Army (front) Paul Hickey from the Hits, Morgan and Suzy King and Bryce Morris. Photo/Andrew Warner
Image 1 of 20: Fill the Bus. Ann Hotson at the Redwood Shopping Centre.
"Just everybody being so generous, it's such a positive vibe."
Hickey said there was a huge crew at the Salvation Army helping to count the donations and it was hard to tell how much had been donated throughout the day.
The final Fill the Bus tally is 5426 items.
"We're already talking about next year. It will be the fifth year so we're thinking of ways to make it better."
While the Fill the Bus day was the big donation day for the appeal Hickey said they would continue to support it.
"We encourage those that couldn't come see us on the day to come and donate."
Salvation Army corps officer Ralph Overbye said when he found out about the total he was "extremely pleased".
"There are a lot of people we'd like to thank including The Hits, the
Daily Post, the public and all the people that donated.
"We had an amazing team of volunteers who helped us during the day and last night. They did an amazing job."
All items collected will go towards the
Rotorua Daily Post Salvation Army Foodbank Christmas Appeal, which aims to restock the organisation's foodbank in time for Christmas and 2019.
Fill the Bus through the years 2018: 5844 food items donated 2017: 5357 food items donated 2016: 4298 food items donated 2015: 3564 food items donated