Christmas may just be a little brighter for children in Kaikoura thanks to the efforts of pupils at Cromwell Primary School.
Principal Wendy Brooks said members of the school council decided they would like to help young people affected by last month’s earthquake and its aftershocks.
“They have spent the last week organising a collection of toys, books and games that will be sent to Kaikoura via the Red Cross,” Mrs Brooks said.
School council member Asher Thomson (9) said pupils had heard about other people wanting to help.
“We really wanted to do something to help cheer the children up,” he said.
Fellow council member Laura Bates said on past occasions the council had organised mufti days to raise money for different organisations.
“But this time that almost seemed too easy, so we asked for children at our school to give some toys.
“Some of the them have a personal message like a wee card from the person who gave it,” she said.
Books, board games and soft toys had been rolling in over the past week.
Asher said he was really happy with the response. Many pupils had chipped in to help sort and pack the toys, working to a roster.
“Everyone had a turn,” he said.
Mrs Brooks said she was proud of what the pupils’ initiative had achieved.
This year the school had also supported the SPCA as its chosen not-for-profit organisation.