Roma State College year 8 students prepare Christmas hampers for the less fortunate under the watchful eye of Councillor Janelle Stanford.
Roma State College year 8 students prepare Christmas hampers for the less fortunate under the watchful eye of Councillor Janelle Stanford.

Christmas spirit lives on in year 8 givers

JAEL Halls and her Roma State College Year 8 classmates are making Christmas a little more merry this year for hundreds of families.

Determined to help those less fortunate, teacher Joanna Richert and her class were at the Community Hub on Wednesday, packing 200 hampers in co-operation with Maranoa Regional Council.

“We’re making hampers for people who are underprivileged and who may not have otherwise gotten the chance to celebrate Christmas this year,” student Jael Halls said.

“Christmas is a time to celebrate, and I love helping people. It’s given me a sense of joy to know I’ve helped other people who may not have things.”

Fellow student Darcy Kingston said he and his classmates had managed to pack close to 200 hampers in an hour.

“There was donations made to council and to school and to a lot of different people, so we’ve helped pack them into boxes that will get shared,” he said.

“For me to be privileged to celebrate Christmas in the way I do, it gives me joy to try and share that with other people.”

As part of a RSC program called Skills for Adolescents, classes in Year 7 and 8 do a community service project.

“My class, our design and technology class, came up with the idea that they’d like to help people less fortunate than them,” Ms Richert said.

“I spoke to our head of campus who said council did a Christmas hamper project, I spoke to Janaya Greenwood at council and she said it would be wonderful if we could combine our resources.

“I’m very proud of them.”

Having received donations from Food Assist in Toowoomba, and the Foodbank in Brisbane, from community members and some service providers, Ms Greenwood said it had been a phenomenal community effort.

“The 200 hampers have already been claimed either by community members or service providers,” she said.


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