Packing baskets of Christmas cheer

Meals on wheels making food hampers

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 18/12/2013
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MAKING THE EFFORT: Meals on Wheels volunteers, from left, Elaine Falconer, Ruth Wensley-Ashwell, Margaret Pimm and Cherie Reynolds, pack festive treats for those who receive meals on wheels in Timaru.

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A group of Timaru "elves" were hard at work yesterday preparing to spread cheer to those less fortunate this Christmas.

Volunteers for Meals on Wheels gathered at the Mountain View Village community centre yesterday to make and package 48 Christmas food hampers.

The hampers will be delivered today alongside usual meal deliveries.

Each hamper contains festive goodies including homemade shortbread, six boxes of Just Juice, homemade jam, Christmas cake, a tin of salmon, tissues, a small box of cereal and chocolate.

Margaret Smith said all the food was donated with the odd grant from the EW Kerr Trust and Pope Print.

Mrs Smith has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for 51 years. She started when she got her drivers licence and her daughter Elizabeth was just 2 years old.

However, she said this will probably be her last year helping with the hampers.

"I've been saying that for the last couple of years."

Pam Twaddell took over as convenor this year and said the number of hampers made was down compared to previous years.

Although they couldn't say exactly why there was a decrease, South Canterbury Meals on Wheels co-ordinator Janine Jurasovich said the increase in other health services could be a factor.

Volunteer Margaret Pimm said the Christmas hampers were greatly appreciated by the recipients. "People that get them, love them and get quite emotional. They get something nice they wouldn't usually get."

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