Koha shed attracts strong support in Timaru
Strong demand for a new koha (gift) shed in Timaru has its organiser on the hunt for a bigger venue.
Janelle Richardson opened the shed on Wednesday night for the first time at Life Church, after seeing a need in the community.
The shed allows people to donate their unwanted items to be shared in the community for those in need.
Richardson said the opening night had gone "really well" but she was now on the look out for a bigger venue.
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"I'm trying to suss a bigger space as the church is only part time and I'd like to open more often than once a week," she said.
At the moment the shed is open on Wednesday nights from 6pm to 7.30pm.
She was storing all the donated goods in a spare room at her house which was "crammed" full of donated items, she said.
Richardson said she had been "swamped with phone calls and donations" for the shed and she had been delighted with the response.
She had been prompted to set up the shed after hearing of Timaru residents struggling to afford basic items of clothing and household goods.
Richardson had put a call out on social media looking for items to start the project, and had had a good response.
The idea for the scheme came from Richardson's friend who had been in the North Island.
Richardson said she had seen there was a real need for items in the community for people who may be struggling to make ends meet through social media.
She said she was the collector of those goods and the facilitator of creating an accessible space for those who need resources.
She said items needed to be donated to her house in Douglas St, Timaru, and she could be contacted on 0274-805-003 for more information.
- The Timaru Herald