Emergency stocking up for Christmas

Sirens will be blaring in the Western Bay of Plenty, but for an emergency of a more generous nature.

Western Bay of Plenty Fire, Police, and St John centres and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty are supporting the Salvation Army and local Western Bay of Plenty foodbanks by hosting an emergency services foodbank drive on December 6 from 6pm-7.30pm.

As emergency services staff and volunteers will move through a number of Western Bay of Plenty communities – and keen ears will likely hear the sirens and loud hailers announce the collectors' arrival on your street.

Bring your food donations out for the Salvation Army and other local foodbanks and the collectors will take them to be distributed throughout the foodbanks.

At this time of the year foodbanks come under increasing pressure and accept all food donations including powdered or long-life milk, tinned fish and meats, instant rice, fruit juice, muesli bars, and other non-perishable items to help make up food parcels.

And if you won't be home on December 6 between 6pm-7.30pm and would still like to donate, drop boxes will be set up throughout the community.

“Drop boxes will be set up in the Katikati, Papamoa and Te Puke community Police stations, Tauranga, Greerton and Mount Maunganui fire stations and the Omokoroa community centre between the December 1 and December 7,” says New Zealand Fire Service Bay of Plenty area manager Murray Binning.

“Thank you in advance for helping us to help our communities and local foodbanks in the Western Bay of Plenty at this time of the year.”


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