Siren sounded, cans appeared

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Last week’s can appeal was an “incredible show of a city pulling together to take care of each other”, one of its organisers says.

Emergency service vehicles played their sirens around Dunedin streets for the community can and Christmas treats drive on Thursday.

Appeal organiser Nick Orbell said about 850-900 boxes of cans and non-perishable items were collected, about 50-100 more than last year.

He estimated the community gave about $60,000-$65,000 worth this year.

The collection covered the centre city and and outlying towns as far as Waitati, Port Chalmers, Ravensbourne and Portobello.

Mr Orbell said the community gave “anything and everything”, including treats, presents, toiletries and pet food.

“One house gave three slabs of baked beans.

“People obviously had gone to the trouble of buying stuff especially to donate on the night.”

He appreciated the support from the emergency services and businesses that gave up their time and resources.

It was amazing to see the whole city “pull together” for a few hours, he said.

The Otago Country Music Club collected about four boxes worth of cans and non-perishable goods from its end of year Christmas event in Outram on Sunday.

Club president Lindsay Cockburn said the entry fee was to bring an item, and about 100 people attended.

Goods will be given to Presbyterian Support Otago’s foodbank.