Aucklanders send home baking to earthquake-ravaged regions
A group of Auckland mums have enlisted the help of a farmer to air drop home baking to Kaikoura residents affected by Monday's earthquake.
Charmaine Vaughan is collecting baking to be sent to a group of farmers in Blenheim who, if it all goes to plan, will deliver it by plane to Kaikoura.
She has contacts with a Blenheim school who connected her with a group of farmers who have light aircrafts and were flying into Kaikoura with supplies.
The mother of two has already sent three batches of brownies to Blenheim and plans to send the next batch on Tuesday evening.
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The Meadowbank resident says she felt helpless being so far away from those dealing with the aftermath of the quakes.
"After watching the news on the morning of the earthquake, my first thought was to bake," Vaughan says.
"It's what I like to do in times of stress and uncertainty."
The blogger has put a call out to other women in the community asking for donations of home baking.
Mt Albert mother Wick Nixon jumped on board and is asking schools and community groups in the area to do the same.
"I know the Mt Albert community and how they rally together," she says
"Everyone has got to eat and there is nothing better than receiving some baking."
Nixon, founder of Wicked Wellbeing, says baking needs to be stored in an ice cream container and clearly labelled, particularly if the baking contains nuts.
Due to courier delays, Vaughan suggests baking brownies, slices or biscuits instead of cakes and muffins which have a short shelf life.
"If you don't bake, we welcome packets of biscuits," she says.
Depending on the response, some of the baking may also be sent to Red Cross in Christchurch, Vaughan says.
To donate baking, message the Buzzyintheburbs on Facebook to receive details of drop off points.