STUDENTS at Sandy Bay’s Waimea Heights Primary School have embraced the Christmas spirit and showed that giving is better than receiving by again taking part in the annual Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
The festive season can be a difficult time for those who are alone, coping with hard times, or struggling financially.
The Salvos Christmas Appeal gives hope to families in crisis, helping more than 300,000 Australians in need each December.
This Christmas, more than 17,000 primary school-aged Australian children will be homeless – a fact not lost on Waimea Primary students, who have contributed gifts suitable for a child (or adult) who may otherwise go without this year.
The school has participated in the Christmas Appeal for the past 16 years.
For the past five years, gifts have been placed under the Christmas tree in the school’s library until collection day, when they are passed along a conga line of students and into the Salvation Army van.
They are then taken away for sorting and distribution, before bringing a little Christmas joy to those in need.
“One of our school values is social responsibility, and through activities such as this our students are able to put their learning into action,” Waimea Heights grade four teacher Maureen French said.
“Our students know that at Christmas time there are children who are not as lucky as them, and they enjoy putting something under the tree for someone else.”
To make a donation to the Christmas Appeal, visit www.salvos.org.au.
Caption: Waimea Heights Primary School grade six students present Salvation Army schools representative Sarah Davidson with donated gifts for the Salvos Christmas Appeal.