Love, the meaning of life. Its alive and well in the Hibiscus Coast.

less than 24 hours to go and the volunteers are busily and cheerfully on the job…. When Coastie’s wanna give boy oh boy they don’t muck around!! Never in my life have i seen such incredible generosity with that constant flow of kind hearts just coming in wanting to pay it forward. So exciting i even had a momentarily happy attack yes they really happen.

we have even been donated a shed, 4 of our men Richard, Paul, Martin & Paul went to help lift it. made it back in one piece. Our John is on easy tasks we need to be mindful of his back. They have been working very hard the last 2 weeks getting the hall ready, removing rubbish, completing the shed and making clear our new pantry room, where we can now store more Fridges which we are needing. fixing the floor, cleaning, decorating, gardening so very dedicated

Along with the incredible generous donations of gifts, We have hams  for families, My Food Bag  Christmas hampers via Nadia Lim And a Trampoline! Thank you Ian Langman Fifo Capital part of our Bob Club network in Whangaparaoa

Thank You’s last few days..

The Warehouse Whangapraoa For portable cooker , Rebecca My Health and Safety Stocking up our pantry, John and Millwater Community Church including your ongoing financial support, and regular donations, Gifts and food, June & Emma for the hams, Richard and Sarah The Good Home for the many gifts, Carlos and Family for food, Sue Tickner & Lettisia Making us Cheesecake, Sarah & Dave gifts, Lisa and the team Silverdale Adventures, Melinda Ham, Andrew & Charlotte gifts, Louise gifts, Sasha Blackwell for the hampers donated via My Food Bag, Isabella Stimpson

And never forget our incredible and valuable volunteers!!

Grateful and Overwhelmed the generosity & Love of Community

Heartening & Appreciated donations just flooding in..  since Sunday 18th Dec …Barfoot & Thompson Whangaparaoa gifts and food, Vicki Chord – Gifts , Debbie Tilley Ham, Michelle Macdonald Ham, Gill & Barnie Illuminate Church  Food and support,  Rachel and Richard Hollings & Massey University Students for Food Drive, Stacey Sainty Stanmore Bay Kindergarten, Krista gifts, Brendan Baptist Church Youth, Sarah Radford Ham, Nikita and the team at Silverdale Pak N Save,  Wendy and Whangaparaoa Kindergarten reindeer poster trail and Wendy for Garden mulch, Kym Lyons First Rate Mortgages colleague from Bob Club Hibiscus Coast

Baldry & Sanford LTD for $720 via Givealittle !!! Seriously 😍🌹🎁🎅🎄🎉😍

The men are working long hours to get the Hall prepared and looking amazing for Christmas and an eventful summer we plan to hold a few community BBQ’s fire up the Pizza Oven and some good old fun just being together,  We now have an extra room which is being set aside for our Pantry and goods, freeing up some room for the eventual development of a community radio station. just a few days to go for a magical Christmas on the Coast

Children living without homes Rotorua Homelessness an increasing concern

Latest & alarming news with Founders Love Soup: Gina and  KidsCan: Julie Chapman:  See yesterday’s article here with Daily Post:  Rotorua Children “new face of Homelessness”    

Rotorua Primary pupils donate toys

The Good work carries on, with Rotorua Community Generosity pouring in to help support our Homeless. Here are some updates from Love Soup Rotorua Facebook Group page:

Please consider supporting them. Its clear this work is not going away. along with it comes many long hours of dedicated service. from like minded and caring hearts we can all do our part to help make a positive change. Sharing the love Gina and Elmer you are true legend and great inspiration.

 

Dynamo Danny’s Coast Christmas, walks on the beach & Community generosity

Community meals, Food Rescue, getting Fresh air and enjoyable doggie beach walkies, Deliveries to Auckland City & Helensville, Take away meals given out to Baptist Church for struggling families, Food Parcels, Fundraising at Coast Christmas Carnival organised by Danny @ Earthstone Arts we did it all this week…. Including the completion of our Shed!!!

Our trip to Helensville was a good success Delivering Cheese to the Women’s centre with Tania,  meeting with the Countdown store manager and the Parakai Community hub for a possibility we can bring Love Soup there soon….

we are pumped and all geared up for a fantastic community Christmas next week only 8 days to go …. but who’s counting…

Donations are rolling in and we a continue to be astounded & Surprised with the communities generosity and support for our First Christmas on the Coast

This weeks Thank You’s ….

Susan and Clients for Gifts from Smart Health & Fitness NZ  for the presents to gift our Teenagers and Adults.

Chrissy Clements Founder of Desexy Revolution * Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming Trust via Neigbourly

Justin Case (Kevin)  for the Freezer full of Meat

Countdown Head office for the Gift Voucher & Countdown local stores for Food Rescue

Pak N Save Silverdale for Groceries

Dean and Lorraine from HBC Plumbing for the Hams

Kevin and Linda for the Gazebo

Meegan and the Team at Barfoot and Thompson Whangaparaoa for gift and goodies

Puhoi Valley Cheese (this weeks donated to Auckland City Mission & Women’s Health Centre Helensville

Cherylle Wood Bright Bears Preschool for the Soft toys and gifts 

Bruce Cowan from Thexton Cowan Consulting (met via Bob Club Silverdale) Continued Coaching a personal vision for Love Soup.

Hibiscus Matters Christmas Campaign with Terry Moore

 

Christmas wrapped up in Love Tokoroa

Christmas Gift wrapping with special thanks again from The Warehouse Tokoroa supporting Love Soup, and also Noel Leeming this year supporting Johann and team at  The Koha Shed.

Love Soup has been providing lunches for up to 230 Kids a week, with many thanks also to great support of Duane our local Countdown store manager, that has also come along to take part in helping out to feed the kids. an Integral part of what we do is because of their support. they also provide a Food rescue that helps get food to families in need by sharing it with the Local Food Bank Sports teams and Churches. Our community meals stopped in October.

The Koha shed is found around NZ where everything donated is gifted Free. we have a group page you can also join to learn more about us TKSA 

Progress better Life, more color & beauty everyday

Less than 2 weeks to go till Christmas, and donations are coming a HUGE box of goodies donated by Debbie & Jeff , Illuminate Church Silverdale with Gill that shopped and shopped at Silverdale The Warehouse they kindly gave an extra special discount helping those $$ really stretch Thank you everyone1 Bomb the festive season with Lots of Christmas Cheer

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Grow with Faith It’s amazing what we can achieve working together. Check out our gardens from June – We are rocking more Life and color and its going to get even better… 20160424_065420

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Wishlist for Community Garden
: We are wanting to level out part of the grounds so seeking out anyone that can help us with a little digger, also on the look out for a 20 Foot container If you can help please get in contact with either our very own Father earth  Wayne Walker or Julie but…….. Wayne is best. 😜

We had the pleasure of The Orewa Rangers Joining us Sunday to help out in the Gardens then with the set up for Community meal with the amazing Tori from Compost Collective Thank you Girls!!15171182_1881539945407882_3776494077390031537_n

John and Richard working hard out on the shed, we reckon it be complete by end of week. John is getting impatient haha.

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A better world starts with us – Love in community

The Community goodwill has been remarkable  this month, With big thanks to Pak N Save Silverdale for supporting our Christmas day event, Hibiscus Matters Give that gift that keeps giving promotion, Ramona from Charlie Coco, Dad’s Pies, Countdown, Gilmours, New World, Puhoi Valley  Good Home …   Kumara Fusion Millwater Community Church, Metro Property Management NZ My Health and Safety  Chrissy Clements being a part of Bob Club network they have all supported us. Together we make this world wonderful and with many hearts full of joy.

Along with an amazing team of Volunteers that work so hard dedication and enthusiasm to share the Christmas cheer and prepare an amazing summer ahead.

Thursday Julie and Frank got opportunity to visit the amazing and inspiring Ani Tamaki in Dargaville from Feed a Family Northland and share food that has been kindly gifted to us onto them

Friday Anita and Julie opened up the official Love Soup Hibiscus Coast Bank account at ANZ with a deposit of over $1000 into it from our Fundraiser last week. Top team efforts!!

This morning we had another working bee, and nice to meet Steve that came all the way from Albany starting at 7am with our very own Father earth Wayne Walker to clean out and move the compost. then 9am start with John, Richard, Nelly and Martin to put up our shed.

Julie Anita and Ashley joined our buddy Kim as she had garage sale, Kim is leaving us to live in Perth, we will miss her but first chance we get we come visit you! and never lose touch 💖

People loving people.

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Community Gardens, big clean up

Yay our trailer is now ready to use and legal on the road. Great to see our friends at Hibiscus Coast WOF centre with Ursula no time to waste, we took away some rubbish that was collecting over time and picked up wood planks from Mitre 10 to get that shed sorted,20161206_101558

Top Team efforts with our handymen, Richard, John and Martin…

Working bee planned for Saturday 10th Dec from 7am to help tidy up and sort compost with Wayne Walker, 9am with John to build that shed …. FINALLY  Whangaparaoa Hall is going to look spectacular for a Love Soup Christmas.

We wish to thank  Mary from No Shortcuts NZ for your donations of gourmet chutneys and goods.

Trudy and Alara Varnell   from Kaiaroha Tree Nut Cheese for the yummy vegetarian Sausage rolls

The Lady that donated us the Mulch for Garden.

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Community Fridge, Pantry & Garden its all FREE Whangaparaoa Hall

Whangaparaoa Hall We Have been providing Food to the community via our Community meals, Gardens, Then Pantry, Food Rescue for some months …..now check out our Fridge!!!  Checked Daily you are welcome to come and help yourself to any of it. and if you are in the giving spirit you are welcome to donate.

More often then not the community pantry is often rather low, but its great to see on at least a few occasions each week people donating. it doesn’t last long though so we know its working. and yes we do monitor it. so that if your worried people getting greedy just don’t happen. but if they take it good on them. its the kindness in the action and everyone wins. who cares. Kindness is Free.

 

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Making a difference ✨💞

This week we got the opportunity to meet with Ani & William Feed a Family Northland, to deliver cheese very nice to connect with 2 amazing people that serve the Northland Community helping people in need.  Puhoi Valley Sponsor us cheese  weekly which we try and get it out to as many charities we can. around the North Island. Heartfelt Thank you Frank Director of Metro NZ Property Management For sponsoring us, We enjoyed Frank & Mitchell joining us to help with  tonight’s community meal.

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Everyone’s been busy this week, With our first successful fundraiser, John and Martin working hard on Painting up the trailer, building the Shed, tidying up the garden, Making us up a sign for the roadside You are amazing , Our Chefs Richard and Anita cooking up their amazing dishes. and all our volunteers keep on being that amazing support.

We wish to also thank Janine and Clive @ East Coast Bays Carriers (1985) Ltd for helping to service our Food Rescue Vehicles

& Pastor Tata from My Family Wellness Centre Rotorua for sharing Boxes of Muesli we will be distributing out with Food rescue.

“Make each new day count by helping someone or just making someone smile.”Catherine Pulsifer

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