Christchurch food bank needs your help in lead up to Christmas

Corrin Webster was blown away with how generous the community were with donations last Christmas....
Corrin Webster was blown away with how generous the community were with donations last Christmas. Photo: File image
Putting a smile on people’s faces is the goal for the Hoon Hay Food Bank which is hoping to bring joy to families in need this year.

But it desperately needs the public’s help.

With Christmas just around the corner, the food bank has organised a present drive to give something a little extra to deserving families and children.

Food bank founder Corrin Webster said it was about making a difference for families after a full-on year.

“No one wants to see their kids struggle,” he said.

“We do this to help people.”

Webster was overwhelmed with the response last year.

He said his whole lounge was full of presents donated by the community and they managed to give these to more than 300 families.

The Webster family's kitchen. Photo: File image
The Webster family's kitchen. Photo: File image
This year he was hoping to make the drive even bigger and better.

Around this time of year, Webster sees a massive increase of people needing food as well as gifts for Christmas to help get them through the holiday season.

The food bank is after volunteers from the community to donate food and gifts or offer services such as helping wrap presents if they weren’t in a position to donate.

The families that receive presents were nominated by the community and sent a message to let them know their gift is ready for them to pick up.

“It’s so good seeing the smile on people’s faces,” Webster said.

The majority of people receiving food and gifts were local. However, Webster said they’ve offered help to people as far out as Wainui and Little River.

The Hoon Hay Community Association is on board and has replaced its carols night with a final drive for the food bank.

The association is asking for residents to donate food and gifts at the community centre, Hoon Hay Rd, on December 12 and will have chocolate treats for the kids and coffee for adults.

 

 

 

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