Kindling spirits help raise homeless cash

Staff and customers at a Four Square have raised more than $1000 to buy blankets for Rotorua’s homeless night shelter.

The Edmund Rd store raised the cash through sales of kindling and firewood, donating $2 for every sale – with owner and operator Clare Gallagher matching each dollar raised.

More than $1000 was raised in total, enough to purchase 45 good quality blankets.

Visions founder Tiny Deane, who since establishing the trust has been working with homeless in Rotorua, Taupō and Tokoroa, said they couldn’t do the work they do without backing from people like Gallagher.

“[They are] one of our biggest and first supporters,” he said.

Deane, who feeds more than 100 Rotorua homeless every day at his drop in centre, said the night shelter which he opened at the start of June may have saved it’s first life too.

He said that on Sunday night, one of the homeless that use the shelter suffered an overdose he believed was linked to synthetic cannabis.

“If he wasn’t with us he would have been outside and he’d be dead now,” he said.

“This could be a life we saved.”

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Source: Stuff NZ