Grant makes a difference for community crafters

Community Support and Crafting BOP founder Lisa Sterling was awarded a $5000 grant to go towards her work for the community. Photo: supplied.

Tauranga Crossing’s Local Legends campaign recently announced its latest grant recipient, who walked away with $5000 to put towards their community initiative.

Community Support and Crafting BOP works alongside local charities to support members of the community in need, by identifying then supplying the hand-crafted items they need most.

The community group, which has been running for almost four years, has over 90 crafters who regularly make items to be donated to around 30 local charities. The group has donated over 6000 items this year alone.

Community Support and Crafting BOP founder, Lisa Stirling, says she is very grateful to Tauranga Crossing and everyone who voted for them for the Local Legends Grant.

“As a trust, we provide a lot of the materials that are needed,” says Lisa. “Having funding means we can purchase machine washable, 100 per cent wool for items for small babies, and the appropriate materials for other projects to continue to support our community. 

“We are excited about being able to continue to grow what we do in the community. Thank you for supporting us with this.

“The most rewarding thing has been being able to help people, provide what they need when they need it, and also provide a support network for the crafters.

“When I started this I was contacted by a number of crafters who loved making things but didn’t necessarily have anyone left in their families to make things for.

“This community group gives them an outlet, but it also gives them a sense of community whilst helping those who need it.”

Tauranga Crossing runs the Local Legends campaign every three months, with the next nominations open now.

To nominate a local legend, head to: www.taurangacrossing.co.nz/local-legends-submit-your-nominations/

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