TEN Bathurst families will have a brighter Christmas this year, thanks to the generosity of students at MacKillop College.
Students recently dressed up in Christmas attire and made a donation to the school's Christmas Appeal, which was organised through its Mercy and Justice Group.
Lillian Shone, youth minister at the school, said the group asked the student body to bring in Christmas items according to their year's theme.
Year 7 students were asked to bring a new toy for a child aged seven or under, Year 8 a gift for a child aged seven to 12; Year 9 was asked to bring canned foods; Year 10 donated Christmas foods; and Year 11 brought an item for a teenager.
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Ms Shone said the the idea was generated through the Mercy and Justice Group which meets on a fortnightly basis. She said the members look at issues faced in the community of Bathurst, as well as the wider Australian community.
Stella Hall, who has been in the group since she started at MacKillop College, said it was great to have an awareness of the changing needs of the community.
She said the group were delighted with the response to the appeal from fellow students.
"We're really happy," she said.
Year 10 student Georgia Lynch agreed.
"Especially the past year, when things have been so difficult, it's great we can help the less fortunate have a good Christmas," she said.
In previous years, the appeal only involved Year 9 students but this year all grades were involved.
The donations will now be packaged into 10 hampers to be donated to needy families.
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