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Chch quake aid fills four church trucks

Feb 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

A WELLINGTON church wanting to help friends and family affected by the earthquake has been overwhelmed by the response from its members and the public.

Four trucks, two containers and one bus full of water, food, toiletries, nappies and other supplies left the Arise Church yesterday bound for Christchurch.

The support has been bigger than they could of hoped or imagined, says Associate Pastor Daniel Tiati (right).

“On Tuesday night we put a message out on Facebook saying if you have got anything you want to send to Christchurch drop it off here,”  he said.

“Wednesday morning the phone started ring at 6:30am with offers of help.”

Every person who has donated goods and time has said the same thing: “We are so glad to be able to do something.”

HELP LOAD: A container loaded and ready to go.

Church workers started on Thursday morning at 8am thinking they would need a 30 cubic metre truck and hoping they would fill it.

“At the end of yesterday we had packed four trucks, one bus and two containers full.

“It’s just overwhelming. Overwhelming love, overwhelming generousity, overwhelming compassion,” he said.

Accompanying the fleet to Christchurch were six church members with building experience. The Christchurch branch of Arise will distribute the donated goods to families in need.

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