Tweed River High School students Grace Sleba, Sammy-Jo Curtis, Tulloch Myrianthopoulos and Harry Scanes have all donated gifts to the Hampers for Tweed charity drive.
Tweed River High School students Grace Sleba, Sammy-Jo Curtis, Tulloch Myrianthopoulos and Harry Scanes have all donated gifts to the Hampers for Tweed charity drive. Blainey Woodham

Bin filled with festive spirit

TWEED River High School students have jumped on board a Christmas charity, digging deep for less fortunate families.

The Hampers for Tweed bin in the school's foyer is almost full of food and toys, ready for youth worker Sam Spry and his team of volunteers to collect and bundle for people struggling to find the Christmas spirit.

Mr Spry said the local schools, including Tweed River High and Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar, had been some of the biggest contributors to the charity drive, closely followed by libraries and Tweed business The Good Guys.

"We've been really happy with the response, lots of people are getting on board and I expect we're going to do even better than last year," Mr Spry said.

Tweed River High School principal Bronwyn Mackney said she was more than happy to have the charity bin in her foyer.

"We contribute to similar things every year, in the past we've supported Lifeline, but when Sam approached us we decided to help them as a local support this year," Ms Mackney said.

"We try to support the community as much as we can.

"It's valuable that the kids see how we can be a part of this community and the students have responded in a really positive way.

"I remind them at assembly all the time and they go home to their parents who are always happy to give them something to donate."

Hampers for Tweed donation bins are red and green, decorated with tinsel.

You can find them in schools, libraries and some Tweed businesses.

Only non-perishable food and new toys can be donated.



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