SANTA Claus and his helpers will be driving all over town tonight collecting donations for the Southland Food Bank.
The Harcourts Southland Food Bank Drive would have 100 volunteers driving across Invercargill and Otatara to collect non-perishable food items.
Among them would be Harcourts representatives Wayne Ellis and Sean Bellew, who had been leading the initiative for six years.
Mr Bellew said the team collected 10 tonnes of food last year but he hoped to gather even more this year.
“The message is to be kind. I believe people will be even more generous this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are expecting a 20% increase.”
Mr Ellis agreed.
“There has been a high demand in the food bank — especially this year with the lock
Mr Ellis said the drive was supported by organisations including Fire and Emergency
New Zealand, St John Ambulance and police.
“It is about making a positive difference in the community.”
People wanting to give could put non-perishable food items in bags by their letterboxes.
Volunteers would travel along “every” street in Invercargill and Otatara tonight from 6pm to 8pm.
Southland Food Bank Charitable Trust Chairman Peter Swain would be one of the drivers.
He said the donations could boost the bank for seven to eight months.
“It will make a significant difference and we really appreciate the efforts from the community.”