By Emma Sharplin – firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the National Parent Centre week celebrations, the team behind the Franklin Parent Centre banded together to complete a food drive for the Waiuku Family Support Network.
National Parent Centre week is celebrating 65 years of supporting great parents to grow great children, and centres are encouraged to take part in community focused initiatives.
For the last three years, the Franklin Parent Centre has organised a clothing drive for baby clothes, but it had come to their attention that basic necessities, such as nappies, and food have been in huge demand within the Franklin community.
Over the last couple of weeks, the community has generously donated food items to the collection points at Osborne Realty and Waiuku New World. Huggies also came on board with the sponsorship of nappies.
On Thursday 22 June, Franklin Parents Centre Acting President, Christine Dangel, presented all of the items to the team at Waiuku
Family Support Network, who were overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community. “The demand for food parcels is huge, and increasing. On average, we get two requests per day,” says Waiuku Family Support Network Manager, Kym Maynard.
While the Waiuku Family Support Network are official agents for the food bank, they sometimes cannot get food parcels in at short notice. The donations from the food drive will go towards their emergency shelves, as well as packages for families who are in need.
“We are so thankful to everyone who donated, and the businesses who offered their support by being collection points."
“The Waiuku community has been generous, and we are lucky to have so many volunteers who help make this possible as well. We cannot thank them enough,” says Christine Dangel.
CAPTION: Franklin Parents Centre Acting President, Christine Dangel, with her children Laura and Emma, and Waiuku Family Support Network Manager, Kym Maynard, with just some of the items that have been generously donated in the food drive.