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How you can help

Since the country has united to stop the spread of Covid-19, we know that many people want to help out. Here are some ways you can support your community.

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Being kind is one of the most important things you can do. You can make a huge difference by checking in on friends and relatives over the phone, or sharing a smile and a wave over the fence to a neighbour.

Donate blood or plasma

New Zealand Blood Service donor centres are open and following government guidelines to make sure donors and staff are safe. Eligible donors are asked to please keep appointments. Travelling to donate blood is classified as essential travel.

Please only visit donor centres if you are feeling well and healthy.

Donate food

To help stop the spread of Covid-19, foodbanks aren't accepting food donations through the usual channels right now. Instead, you can donate to the Foodbank Project. This service allows you to buy a “bundle” which goes to the Salvation Army to be distributed to people in need.

For large commercial food donations, email ben@justzilch.org.nz or call 022 597 2569.

Volunteer to help

Manawatu Volunteer Resource Centre is coordinating people to help as required. If you'd like to volunteer, please email info@vrcmanawatu.org.nz or call 0800 865 2687.

Support our local businesses

Shop local once the lockdown is lifted. And in the meantime, CEDA has put together a great range of Manawatū businesses who can deliver essential products right to your doorstep.