Brigade’s donations welcomed

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Good gifts . . . Timaru Boys Brigade member Jackson MacLeod (5, front) holds one of the toiletry bags given by the brigade to Mid-South Island Women's Refuge and Family Safety Services refuge facilitator Andie Kelly (far right). The items were collected by (from left) brigade leader Chris Konings, Caleb Rogers (6), Hunter Morris (9), Dyllin Morris (10), Matthew Gregory (10), Daniel McTague (16), Aziah Lane (5), leader Fiona Blissett and member Samuel Cronin (10). PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

The members of the Timaru Boys Brigade have donated toiletry items and toys to the Mid-South Island Women’s Refuge.

Brigade leader Fiona Blissett said the donation of the items was part of the boys’ community service badge, but was also a good option for those who could not directly do hands-on service in the community.

Refuge facilitator Andie Kelly said the families the refuge supported were always grateful for the packages.

“They’re fantastic,” she said.

It was the third year the brigade had given the packs to the refuge. They included toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, flannels, a toy, hair clips or hair ties, tissues and a comb, Ms Kelly said.

“[We are] very grateful.”

She said for a lot of families ending up in the safehouse, getting hygiene items was often the last thing on their minds.

“It’s a big deal having a toothbrush and soap.”

The packs were picked up by Ms Kelly from the Timaru Boys Brigade members, who range in age from 5 to 16, on Monday afternoon.