As record-breaking downpours wreak havoc around Auckland, the need for relief in the form of essential items, food, clothing, toiletries and more continues to grow. If you’re wondering about the most effective ways to help, we have rounded up some key resources and charities that continue to work around the clock to support the individuals and families most affected by the Auckland floods. We will continue to update the list throughout the day.
(Formerly Mummies In Need)
Providing essential items, foods and items for families, children and babies, Nurturing Families is taking donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste for adults and kids, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, soap and deodorant, colouring and entertainment items for children and non-perishable and snack food items such as biscuits, chips, cookies and crackers. They are also taking clean blankets and pillows. Drop-offs can be made to 6/42 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson Valley. If donating items is not doable for you, the easiest way to support is via a donation into the charity’s bank account (details in the Instagram below). Or, you can reach out to volunteer your time and help with sorting through donations and running deliveries. See more on their website.
As per the Kindness Collective’s Instagram, they are still taking donations of food items like cereals, canned fruit, coffee, tea, sugar, bread, spreads, cookies, muesli bars, rice, potatoes, canned corned beef, bananas and more. They are also accepting toiletries, clean blankets, towels and pillows and clothing and new socks for kids. Or, you can make a donation. See details on their Instagram below.
Auckland City Mission
The best way to support the Auckland floods relief efforts of the City Mission at this time is via monetary donations.. With the support of the AM Show, and an anonymous donor matching all donations up to the value of $150,000, Auckland City Mission is raising money for its relief fund via a Givealittle page, here. Money will go towards filling thousands of food and hygiene parcels to be distributed throughout the Auckland region, as well as daily hot meals and outreach care for those experiencing homelessness.
Having long provided much-needed clean clothing to the most vulnerable in our community, Koha Apparel is welcoming donations of clean, quality clothing and footwear to support anyone who has been affected by the floods. If you have clothing you want to donate, start by filling out Koha Apparel’s donation form on the website, here. You can also make a monetary donation that will support the charity’s efforts.
The ARK Collective Emergency Hub at Wesley Primary School
A Community Emergency Hub has been set up at Wesley Primary School by a local charitable group the ARK Collective (Act of Roskill Kindness). There, teams of tireless volunteers are offering support for community members affected by the floods via food parcels and essential items and services (they have a van equipped with washing machines, dryers and a shower that anyone who has been displaced can use). It is a safe space for people who need it. You can help by donating your time or donating essential items directly to the hub. Be sure to follow both The ARK Collective’s Facebook page and Wesley Primary’s Facebook page for updates throughout the coming days.
Student Volunteer Army
The helpful resource that is the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) is ready to mobilise to help anyone in Auckland with the clean-up that many will have to undertake over the next week or so. If you’re willing and able and are looking for a practical way to get out there and help the community, why not volunteer for the SVA? See more information here. For those needing any non-urgent assistance and clean-up support, simply fill in the form on the SVA website, here, and they will be in touch.
If you have been affected, a helpline has been set up by Auckland Emergency Management for anyone who needs accommodation: 0800 22 22 00.
There are also three Civil Defence Centres now open and offering safe places to go:
– In Kelston at Saint Leonard’s Road School — 15 Leonard’s Road
– In Randwick Park, at Manu Tukutuku — 32 Riverton Drive
– In Albany, at the Massey University Albany East Precinct — Gate 1/Main Entrance off the Albany Expressway SH17. The centre is set up in the Sir Neil Waters Theatre.