School learning support officer Debbie Welch, Sout hHigh deputy principal Sally Cchapple, Business development manager St Josephs Cowper Homes Duncan McKimm, with (bottom) Year 10 student Shavaun Hickman, who helped organise Christmas toys for kids at the home.
School learning support officer Debbie Welch, Sout hHigh deputy principal Sally Cchapple, Business development manager St Josephs Cowper Homes Duncan McKimm, with (bottom) Year 10 student Shavaun Hickman, who helped organise Christmas toys for kids at the home. Adam Hourigan Photography

Shavaun's gift to the kids this Christmas

SCHOOL Learning Support Officer Debbie Welch says the South Grafton High year 10 geography is "a perfect class”, but even she was surprised at how one of the students would respond to a Christmas task.

When she made the suggestion to the class they should create Christmas boxes for overseas students, 15-year-old Shavaun Hickman thought she could help out some local kids as well.

"We all brought stuff in for the class, and when we were repacking we had this idea that we wanted to do something for kids here,” Shavaun said.

"Debbie said that she knew St Joseph's Cowper Homes could use some help over the Christmas period, and from there the pair took it on themselves to help out.

Finding unused items at home, using vouchers from family, and even buying items, Debbie and Shauvana brought together a stack of presents that even Shauvana said unexpected.

"When Deb showed me the photos it didn't look like much, but we started repacking it all, and then I felt like I was drowning in presents,” Shauvana said.

Standing with the large pile of presents before gifting them to St Joseph's Cowper Homes, Debbie said she thought the idea was amazing.

"I don't think people realise how wonderful it is for someone her age to have a thought like this,” she said.

"Instead of getting please out of receiving gifts at Christmas, she was so excited about giving them.”

Business development manager for St Joseph's Cowper Homes Duncan McKimm echoed her comments, saying it was great to see people in the community cared for the kids.

"We're just blown away, especially given it was just these guys raising this themselves. It shows what you can do when you put your mind to something, " he said.

"Christmas can be a tough time for the kids in care - kids are away from their family and it's great to know that for them Christmas can be a fun time, and they can have a normal Christmas just like other kids.”



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