ARISE Church has been serving God, people and our community since 2002. Here's a media article from the past that provides a glimpse into the journey.
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There's no longer room for cars on Steve Jeffares' driveway as Hamilton people drop by in droves to donate goods to the Christchurch quake victims.
Mr Jeffares, a pastor at Hamilton's Arise church, decided at 11am yesterday to collect good for quake victims just over 24 hours later his driveway is packed with boxes of water, food and other goods.
Mr Jeffares, along with Chiefs player Liam Messam, have been hitting the airwaves, facebook and any other place they can think of to rally support.
Mr Messam - who attends Arise - said he wanted to be involved someway in helping out.
A lot of his "good friends" played for the Crusaders.
"As a team we just want to help out as much as we can."
The Chiefs are due to take on the Crusaders on April 15 - the ninth week of the Super 15 competition.
Mr Jeffares said a Mainfreight truck would arrive at his Rototuna house at 10pm tonight to drive the goods to Christchurch for free.
And while they'd had a lot of donations, they still had room for much more.
"It's a fairly sizeable truck. We need long life milk and baby gear because it's kind of hard for parents to get to the shops at the moment."
People with good to donate should drop them off at Mr Jeffares house at 9 Strathmore Dr, Rototuna today.