National List MP Hon Hekia Parata is calling on the generosity of the Kapiti and Porirua communities for the Shoe Boxes of Love initiative, designed to get care packages to quake affected people in Christchurch.
The boxes are care packages filled with goodies and feel good gifts, some which include personal notes of support, aimed to lift the spirits of the recipients.
"This is a great opportunity for us to show Christchurch residents that we are thinking of them and doing our bit to help them get through this difficult time," says Ms Parata.
People are asked to create a Shoebox of Love and deliver it to Hekia Parata's Esplanade office. The boxes from around New Zealand will be sent to Christchurch and distributed by Rotary and other key support organisations.
Mana residents have been quick to offer support through financial donations and offers of accommodation.
"I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the level of support from our community," says Ms Parata.
"We cannot underestimate the toll the earthquake is taking on Christchurch residents. They are going to need our support for many months to come."
An initiative similar to Shoe Boxes of Love was used in Queensland during the January floods. Over 11,000 packages were delivered to families.
For more information please contact Hekia Parata's electorate office on: Phone: 04 233 0707
Or visit the website www.shoeboxesoflove.org.nz.