School gives back this Christmas after random act
AN ACT of random kindness at an airport has inspired an entire school to give back.
Monogorilby State School have collected gifts towards GIVIT's Australia's Biggest Secret Santa campaign, supporting the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women Kids in Care Christmas Appeal.
School Principal Joanna Vidler said the students were eager to get on board with the appeal when they recognised the GIVIT name.
Earlier this year, the school went on an excursion to Alice Springs and met a GIVIT volunteer at the airport, who gave the school group money for an ice-cream each.
"They all remember the ice-cream lady, it was the name GIVIT that the students recognised and were then willing to go out of their way to engage with it,” Mrs Vidler said.
The nine school students and their families have collected clothes, jigsaw puzzles, colouring pencils, books, and toys for a variety of ages and genders for the appeal.
"Because these kids recognised how lucky they are, they are very generous in their giving,” she said.
The small school has taken on various fundraisers over the year, including raising more than $330 for the Make A Wish campaign and $200 for the Jeans for Genes day.
"The kids take pride in being able to raise the amount of money they've been able to do for a small school,” she said.
Mrs Vidler said the students should be proud of themselves.
"It's very satisfying and nice to know the students are growing up and developing social responsibility, equity and fairness,” she said.
The school encourages the whole community to get behind the idea of giving to others this Christmas.
"The idea of people with children and not being able to afford to give their children a gift is a bit heartbreaking, and I hope we made a few children's faces light up,” Mrs Vidler said.
GIVIT's goal is to ensure every child and young person living in care in Queensland, from newborns to 17-year-olds, feels special and valued this Christmas when they find a gift from their own Secret Santa under the tree.
GIVIT CEO Juliette Wright said the appeal was a chance for Queenslanders to spread some Christmas cheer to those living in care.
"It's tough not being with your own family at Christmas and kids in foster care find themselves in this situation for a variety of unfortunate reasons,” she said.
"As a Secret Santa you can make a child feel special and supported this Christmas.”
Ms Wright said people are able to donate items through GIVIT all year round.
"But this is a very special campaign to make sure children living in care, whether that be in remote, regional or urban areas, have an extra something in their stocking this Christmas,” she said.