Tough times made a little easier

Marion Manley is planning to donate a set of drawers to The Pantry's Pay-It-Forward event as part of World Kindness Day celebrations.

A COMMUNITY hub is putting out the call for clean and preloved household items in an aim to help people in need.

As part of World Kindness Day on November 13, The Pantry has created the Pay-It-Forward event with donations of household items in good, used condition such as furniture, appliances, furnishings, bedding, crockery and home decor items

Chairwoman Janette Malcolm said they would then invite those in need to come and take what they needed for free.

“Essentially, The Pantry is acting as the go-between between those that have surplus items, which are still in good condition, and those that need these things but times are a bit tough and a helping hand would be much appreciated.”

And customers had already started to come forward.

Invercargill woman Marion Manley was organising her house this week to find items to donate.

She was planning to donate a wrought-iron single bed and a white painted wooden set of drawers, among other things.

It such a marvellous idea, she said.

“I’m so pleased that we’re going with it.”

E tu Southland Women’s Committee member Shintelle Wikeepa believed many of its members would benefit from the initiative.

“They are struggling to afford to buy essential household items even though they are in employment.

“This is a great way for our community to come together to support each other by paying it forward.”

The Pay-It-Forward preloved goods event will be held at the Community Park beside the Pantry, 133 Grace St, from 10am-1pm.

It will be running alongside a day of free events for World Kindness Day, organised by South Alive, which included yoga, dance exercise and a barbecue.

Anyone with goods to donate could deliver them to the South Alive Hub, 133 Grace St, on Friday, November 12, from 3pm-7pm or Saturday, November 13, from 8.30am-10am.

Mrs Malcolm said her team could also arrange collection of items if needed.

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