A special delivery has arrived at Christchurch’s Ronald McDonald House, courtesy of The Terrace School in Alexandra.
Pupils in room 11 assembled care packages for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while their children have hospital treatment in the city.
The care package concept was established by the class following the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Room 11 teacher, Brooke Flannery, wanted to do something for people “who were less fortunate than themselves”, pupil Hannah Fulcher (10), said.
Pupil Taine Liddell (9) said the class thought children affected by the shootings could benefit, but soon discovered another school had already started to meet that need.
Instead, they turned their attention to Ronald McDonald House.
The care packages feature toys, a knitted hat, a teddy, notebook, colouring-in book and pencils, a picture book and chocolate bar.
It also features a class photo, a letter from one of the children and a card explaining where the items came from.
The class created 26 of the packages, one for each room at Ronald McDonald House.
Miss Flannery said the class was grateful to the grandparents who knitted hats and teddies for the project and local businesses and individuals who donated items.
She said the project had been enjoyable.
“I’ve enjoyed watching [the children] all come together as a class. I feel like it’s really made them think about others.”
The packages arrived at Ronald McDonald House earlier this week, to the delight of the children who received them.
Among them was Faith Milo, who is about to start her second round of chemotherapy for leukaemia.
Faith’s mother, Elizabeth Tare, said she was overwhelmed by the school’s generosity.
“It was mesmerising. I was touched and I didn’t expect that from the school. I was really touched and it made me think about Faith and her journey again,” she said.
Maddion (9) and Marjel Ackroyd (10), of Timaru, agreed that receiving the gifts from the school was a great way to start the day.
Marjel said he particularly liked the chocolate and intended to write to his new pen pal and send some chocolate.
“Thank you for giving us those gifts,” he said.
Ronald McDonald House South Island chief executive Mandy Kennedy said the care packages were a thoughtful gift from the school.
“It was such a lovely surprise for the children of the house. The personal messages from each of the students were heartfelt and it was obvious the families appreciated seeing who the gifts were from and knowing others were thinking about them.”