A Royal Wolf shipping container is being used as extra storage at The Salvation Army in Otahuhu to help cope with the centre’s lack of space.
The centre has been using several spare rooms on its premises to store a range of items, including food for people in need, along with toys, furniture and bric-a-brac goods for its family store, which have been donated by the public.
However, this year the items started to overflow into the centre itself and were threatening to impact on the essential service that The Salvation Army provides to families and individuals in need.
“Our church is the centre of our community for those in need and the people who visit us for dinners or for a place of safety were having to eat and play around these items,” says The Salvation Army Otahuhu’s Community Ministries Leader, Ann-Rita Ngatae.
To help ease the demand on space, shipping container specialists Royal Wolf have provided the Otahuhu-based organisation with a 20-foot container to store the public donations.
Ms Ngatae says they are also installing a freezer inside the container that will allow them to store frozen meals for the food bank.
“Not having anywhere to store these items for our clients was starting to really affect our environment and the container will help us store them safely, securely and more efficiently.”
Royal Wolf Executive General Manager, Paul Creighton, says the company is always looking to give back to the community and to offer assistance to groups who provide vital support services.
“The work The Salvation Army does in communities around the world, and particularly in New Zealand, is invaluable. We hope our donation will help them to provide continued support to Kiwi families who are in need of assistance.”