Bald Face Public School and Blakehurst Anglican Church are separated by only a few hundred metres, but this Christmas they've come even closer together to help those in need.
Last Friday, students from the school joined members of the church's youth group to package up 65 food hampers and 200 toys that will be distributed through Anglicare's Toys 'n' Tucker program.
The school has participated in the program for several years. This year, it aims to deliver 6,000 food hampers and 4,500 toy hampers throughout Sydney, and as far afield as Moree.
President of the P&C, Stella Christofi, said when Covid-19 hit, she thought they wouldn't be able to get involved.
"This is the first year the kids have got to actually pack the hampers, not just collect the items, and that extra bit of hands on work really gave them an insight into what helping others is all about," she said.
"We love to do something each year where the kids get to serve the community. But because of all the Covid restrictions, we were unsure whether we would be able to pack the hampers this year.
"Then, when things opened up a bit, the church got in touch and suggested we work together. We jumped at the chance."
This is also the first time Blakehurst Anglican has been involved with Toys 'n' Tucker and, while they too were uncertain about what they could do this year, Senior Minister Ross Ryan saw a great opportunity to strengthen the local community.
"Working with the school was a real highlight for us after what has been a very difficult year without a lot of community connection," Mr Ryan said.
"And the fact that the connection was made through helping families who are facing a very uncertain Christmas makes it all the more special."
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