Students from St Mary’s College Ipswich have demonstrated their giving spirit, collecting goods for the annual St Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal.
Staff and students from St Mary’s College Ipswich have been donating items for families in need for the past month. The result of their generosity was on display on 7 November, as students packed the hampers ready for distribution to Ipswich families.
Campus Minister Felicity Jones said the girls had been overwhelming in their kindness and generosity. “Participating in the Christmas Appeal is a really fruitful experience for the staff and students,” she said. In previous years, the College has donated four hampers, however this year’s response from the College community saw the number swell to 12. “St Vinnie’s provided us with information about the families, so we could tailor donations to suit individual needs. Things like soccer balls, board games, hair ties and craft activities provide something fun for children, as well as practical items like toothpaste and canned goods,” Ms Jones said.
As well as donating material goods, St Mary’s students volunteered their time to pack the hampers, eagerly forgoing their lunch break to help out. Year 9 student Mackenzie McDermott said she is proud to participate in many social justice activities throughout the year. “It makes me feel good to know that people are getting something they need, and we are making their Christmas a little bit brighter,” she said.
Kate Sotiriadis of Year 11 helped facilitate the Christmas Appeal. She said the staff and students were keen to participate and support this great cause. “It is nice that the girls are aware of other people and their needs, particularly at Christmas,” she said. The hampers will be presented to a St Vinnie’s representative in a special assembly on 20 November. “Seeing the reaction from the St Vinnie’s team always brings joy. It is a very special moment,” Kate said.