Giving farmers hope at Xmas

Wilson Park Public School teachers Gail Allan, Tony Mitchell and Judy Lawrence (all rear) and students (l-r) Nick Gava, Aron Bruce, Melissa Peters, Emma Crosby and Brianna Jones-Day with some of the food the children are contributing to the Food for Farmers Drought Appeal.

Rain would have to be number one on the Christmas wish-list of many NSW farmers. While the students of Wilson Park Public School cant conjour up rain clouds, they are doing their best to make Christmas a happy one for families in drought-stricken regions.

Over the past week the students have gathered together donations of food that will go towards the Food for Farmers Drought Appeal, organised by Eltham resident Anne Thompson. People are asked to donate non-perishable food items and toys that Anne packs into Christmas hampers and sends to farmers in the worst hit areas.

Even though the students here at Wilson Park have disabilities they know they are still better off than many people and can help others, said Wilson Park Public School teacher, Gail Allan. And we like to work as a team, so this is definitely a team effort.

According to Anne Thompson, the hall at Eltham is a hive of activity as volunteers pack up the hampers 334 so far.

With the help of little groups like the Wilson Park students we might even make a record of 500, said Anne. And we would love people to donate bubble wrap and masking tape if they could to help with the packing.

People can drop off food items at the following locations: Jontom Car Sales or Frank Vanz Tyres in Lismore; Eric Box Mitsubishi in Casino; Ballina Tiles; Lennox Head Hire & Garden Supplies; Century 21 Real Estate or Hull & Co Accountants in Kyogle; Evans Head Newsagency; Eltham Art Gallery; and Sticks & Stones or the Bowling Club in Bangalow.

All food needs to be collected by Friday, December 8. For more information phone Anne on 6629 1041 or 0412 910 523.

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