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Kind collections . . . Timaru Toot for Tucker volunteers (from left) Timaru Suburban Lions member Liam Gorman and president Bruce Fraser, Andrew Rosanowski of the Salvation Army, St John's cadet Bianca Andrews (10, front), Lions member Mary Williamson, Salvation Army officers Emma and Jacob Howan and Presbyterian Support South Canterbury FamilyWorks manager Liz Nolan were pleased with the amount of donations, despite the rainy conditions. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Conditions may have been dreary for the annual Timaru Toot for Tucker food drive on Monday evening, but donations still flooded in.

Volunteers took to the streets of Timaru with horns and sirens to inform residents they were coming.

Despite the rain, more than 110 banana boxes of items were collected around town, Timaru Suburban Lions president Bruce Fraser said.

While there were fewer boxes than last year – about 136 – Mr Fraser was still pleased with the donations received, particularly given the weather on Monday evening.

“It’s a pretty good effort.”

Items collected included non-perishable food items, toiletries and even some entertainment – organising committee member Vicki Gould found a Harry Potter DVD in the donations.

The donated items will go towards the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Presbyterian Support foodbanks.

The collection has been run by the Timaru Suburban Lions for about 10 years.

Many service groups in the community volunteer their time, including St John cadets, Lions Club members, the Salvation Army and Presbyterian Support South Canterbury representatives.