Saint Mary’s School year four pupils Tyla Morrison, Molly O’Dwyer, Emily Mullany, Honor Norris-Baber and Macy Sargent each holding a donated soft toy. PHOTO/ELI HILL

ELI HILL
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A lesson in giving can be found at Saint Mary’s School in Carterton where pupils have been collecting for the people of Christchurch.

Year Four pupils from Rangimarie class covered one of the classroom’s tables and included furry animals, books and as well as knitting donated by the Catholic Parish of Wairarapa.

Collections have been going on every year since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, and have been organised by Carol Mullany and Nan Williams.

“We got together and thought we could do something to help,” Mullany said, “and then the parish joined in and donated different things like the quilts”.

The collection is being boxed up and will be delivered to the Settlers Health Centre in Christchurch where items will be distributed to people in need.

Pupil Tyla Morrison donated a bag she’d had since she was four but no longer used.

“I think whoever gets it are going to use it for playing and entertaining,” she said

“It’ll go to people who aren’t so well off and don’t have enough money to get it.”

Teacher Lisa O’Connor said she was impressed with their willingness to offer their toys from their own homes.

“It really shows their kindness and that they’re thinking of others.”

Mullany said the feedback in previous years had been fantastic.

“I’ve been down there three times and that’s how I know we have a table down there just for us, and the things we’ve collected. The table’s open to anyone and people can just take what they want.”