Sallies buoyed by south's generosity
The Invercargill Salvation Army's Adopt-A-Family programme is again being hailed a success, with almost 80 families adopted compared with 64 last year.
The Salvation Army Invercargill Community Ministries last year introduced the programme, which gave businesses and individuals a chance to sponsor a struggling family during Christmas by providing them with a hamper filled with food and treats.
Salvation Army Invercargill community ministries co-ordinator Brenda King said 77 or 78 families had been adopted this year and adoptees were still coming forward. The targeted families were those who "are trying hard but just scraping by".
The increase in the number of adopted families coincided with more people seeking food parcels as Christmas approached. Mrs King said the organisation gave out 85 food parcels last month compared with 83 last November.
However, it had assisted those 85 people 294 times compared with assisting 83 people 99 times at the same time last year. The help included anything from clothing to food and furniture.
The Christmas food parcels were larger than normal. Food parcels normally averaged between $80 and $130, depending on the family, and at Christmas about another $10 or $20 could be added to it, she said. Any donations would be gratefully received because the food bank anticipated becoming even busier, she said.
Southland Food Bank Charitable Trust chairman Peter Swain said about six families a day were applying for food parcels, slightly up on last year.
Crowe Horwath, an accounting, advisory and tax business, donated $17,000 to food banks south of Christchurch in the past couple of days, including $3500 to the Southland Food Bank. Crowe Horwath southern region managing principal Neil McAra said its donation was a direct way it could support the community in a time of need.
The Southland Times