People donate cost of living payments to Christchurch City Mission


The Christchurch City Mission helps those in need with food, shelter and support.

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The Christchurch City Mission helps those in need with food, shelter and support.

People have been donating their cost of living payments to the Christchurch City Mission.

Christchurch City Mission communications advisor Ewan Sargent said five people donated their payments on Tuesday, but more donations had arrived since.

“We were surprised when this happened but also really moved,’’ he said.

“We are always delighted at the support we get, but when people get a windfall, then immediately think of others, that’s really quite special.

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“People can be so good to others sometimes. We will be supporting a lot of people in many different ways this winter.”

The Government’s cost of living payments started going out to eligible people this week. The first payment was about $116. Two more payments will come in September and October to bring the total to $350.

Sargent said people had been sending messages with the payments.

Christchurch City Missioner Corinne Haines outside the charity’s headquarters.

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Christchurch City Missioner Corinne Haines outside the charity’s headquarters.

“People on the phone have told us that they wanted the payment to go towards others who need it more.

“A Christchurch woman today wrote on an online donation that ‘I don’t need my cost of living payment this month. I feel you need it much more than I do.’

“She gave us $150, so she even topped up the payment.”

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