Citrus gifts to brighten seniors’ lives

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‘‘Shots of sunshine’’ are being delivered free to many of the older residents in Alexandra and Clyde in the next few days.

About a tonne of citrus fruit, including oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tangelos and limes, was picked by the combined Lions Clubs of Whangarei and freighted for free by MainfreightNZ to Central Otago last week.

Clyde and Districts Lions Club project convener Kate Whyte said volunteers packed the fruit in bags for delivery in member Sue Noble-Adams’ Clyde garage on Monday.
Local apples will also be included in the bags.
‘‘It is free to our seniors as a goodwill gesture, a little bit of sunshine from the North Island,’’ Mrs Whyte said. Bags of fruit would also be delivered to residents at Ranui and Castlewood resthomes, she said.

Mrs Noble-Adams had the 48 banana boxes, each with 20kg or more of fruit, stored in her garage.
‘‘I was so excited that I got up at 4am [the next morning] to make sure it was still there.
‘‘It is like a shot of sunshine for everybody.’’

Jim Preston, of Clyde, was the first resident to receive a box of fruit as part of the ‘‘Citrus Cheer’’ project. He thanked the Lions Clubs for the donation. Mrs Whyte hoped the project would become an annual event.