MELISSA Aitken is calling on the kindness and generosity of Southlanders to support members of the community in need.
She is organising the eighth Free Haircuts and Other Services for Those in Need event in Invercargill next month, and is putting the call out to the community for donations.
“Thanking you in advance for having a kind heart and helping us help others in our beautiful Southland community,” she said.
In particular, non-perishable food items for take-home grocery bags, school lunch supplies, nappies, sanitary products, toiletries, pre-loved clothing, books and toys were needed, she said.
Ms Aitken organised two of the events annually. Invitations were provided to about 11 support agencies, organisations and groups in Invercargill to pass on to their clients. Invitations were also given to church groups and schools to pass on to those who would benefit from the event.
Ms Aitken said the invitations were extended to Southlanders living outside Invercargill as well. Each event was getting bigger and bigger with an increasing number of people needing assistance attending, but also an increasing number of people contacting her wanting to offer their services on the day, she said.
The demand was such, the event had outgrown its previous location at Fernworth Primary School, and this event was being held at Aurora College, she said. In attendance at this year’s community event would be 18 hairdressers, three massage therapists, two beauty therapists, three manicurists, and a physiotherapist.
There would also be professionals to offer dental advice, nurses doing blood pressure checks, case workers as well as food on site, take-home grocery supplies and more. Anyone who needed a ride to and from the event could phone 275 333 600 by August 8.
Donated items needed to be dropped off to the Southland Express offices, 5 The Crescent, Invercargill, before noon Friday, August 9.
Haircuts and Other Services for Those in Need, Aurora College, Invercargill, Sunday, August 11. For more information go to Free Haircuts/Services for Southlanders in Need Facebook page or phone Melissa on 0275 333 600.