Forward thinkers

Simon and Cheyenne Taylor with hamper items.
Simon and Cheyenne Taylor with hamper items.

Not only does she raise five children under 15 years old, she also runs the Making a Difference Pay it Forward Facebook page.

The page has been running for about two months and Mrs Taylor gets about 10 requests for hampers a week.

�We fill hampers with items such as meat, potatoes, pantry items and toilet rolls,� she said.

She gets donations from members of the public, businesses and sometimes she funds items herself.

�I often have to pay out of my own money,� she said.

�I sold my car for $1000 and $700 of that went on food hampers.�

But the Golden Bay mother does not begrudge using her own money to help others.

�My husband Simon works just as hard as I do to make the hampers up,� she said.

�We get inspired because we have been homeless, battled addictions when we were younger and have an understanding of mental health issues.

�We don�t judge others and genuinely want to help where we can.�

Mrs Taylor said she was also proud to be setting a good example for her children.

�We are teaching them that other people are worse off,� she said.

�I want them to think of others and not be selfish.�