Catholic schools unite for Christmas Giving Appeal

December 2020

Students at Tasmanian Catholic schools have responded to the call to spread Christmas cheer with those struggling this festive season.

Hobart’s St Mary’s College has seen its students collate 20 hampers full of donated items for CatholicCare Tasmania’s Christmas Giving Appeal, while primary students from St Paul’s Catholic School in Bridgewater have also donated items.

The donations received will be given to some of the Tasmanians receiving assistance through

CatholicCare Tasmania’s many social support services, including child and youth programs, emergency financial relief, family support, counselling, multicultural support, and housing and homelessness services.

Launched in November, the CatholicCare Tasmania Giving Appeal put the call out to schools and the public for donations. St Mary’s College students responded by not only donating items but also by handcrafting Christmas cards – left blank inside for a personal message – to be used by Catholic Care Tasmania’s clients to be given to their children or loved ones.

Youth minister at St Mary’s College Bel Young said that the students had donated festive items along with more practical donations.

“The 20 hampers we’ve donated include a number of non-perishable food items, Christmas decorations and a table cloth, a few sweet treats, toys, books and bon-bons. Everything you need to make a special occasion on Christmas Day,” Ms Young said.

“The girls have also included practical items such as toiletries including sanitary pads and deodorant. These practical inclusions never go to waste.”

Year 9 student Estella Edwards said that the students had deliberately chosen items that could be used throughout the year.

“The laundry basket holding all the donated items of the hamper will be used again and again,” Miss Edwards said.

“We hope the kids enjoy the books. It’s cool to be part of this, where the focus is on giving.”

Michael McKenna, Executive Manager for Community, Family and Children’s Services at CatholicCare Tasmania, met with the St Mary’s College students, and encouraged others to also be generous this Christmas.

“Christmas should be a special time for children but for the more than 1 in 6 young Australians living in poverty this Christmas brings little joy,” Mr McKenna said.

“CatholicCare needs your help to give a much needed hand up to Tasmanian families doing it tough. Sharing just a little of what you have this Christmas will be among the most rewarding things you and your family can do in 2020. It will mean the world to a struggling family and bring immense joy to a child this Christmas morning. Help bring smiles to the faces of children and the vulnerable this Christmas.”

Reflecting on the disturbing proportion of Australians living in poverty, Mr McKenna said he had always been struck by Mother Teresa’s words: “If you cannot feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

“Help CatholicCare fight poverty this Christmas one family, one child at time. Help us make 2020 a Christmas to remember.”


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Students at Tasmanian Catholic schools have responded to the call to spread Christmas cheer with those struggling this festive season.

Hobart’s St Mary’s College has seen its students collate 20 hampers full of donated items for CatholicCare Tasmania’s Christmas Giving Appeal, while primary students from St Paul’s Catholic School in Bridgewater have also donated items.

The donations received will be given to some of the Tasmanians receiving assistance through

CatholicCare Tasmania’s many social support services, including child and youth programs, emergency financial relief, family support, counselling, multicultural support, and housing and homelessness services.

Launched in November, the CatholicCare Tasmania Giving Appeal put the call out to schools and the public for donations. St Mary’s College students responded by not only donating items but also by handcrafting Christmas cards – left blank inside for a personal message – to be used by Catholic Care Tasmania’s clients to be given to their children or loved ones.

Youth minister at St Mary’s College Bel Young said that the students had donated festive items along with more practical donations.

“The 20 hampers we’ve donated include a number of non-perishable food items, Christmas decorations and a table cloth, a few sweet treats, toys, books and bon-bons. Everything you need to make a special occasion on Christmas Day,” Ms Young said.

“The girls have also included practical items such as toiletries including sanitary pads and deodorant. These practical inclusions never go to waste.”

Year 9 student Estella Edwards said that the students had deliberately chosen items that could be used throughout the year.

“The laundry basket holding all the donated items of the hamper will be used again and again,” Miss Edwards said.

“We hope the kids enjoy the books. It’s cool to be part of this, where the focus is on giving.”

Michael McKenna, Executive Manager for Community, Family and Children’s Services at CatholicCare Tasmania, met with the St Mary’s College students, and encouraged others to also be generous this Christmas.

“Christmas should be a special time for children but for the more than 1 in 6 young Australians living in poverty this Christmas brings little joy,” Mr McKenna said.

“CatholicCare needs your help to give a much needed hand up to Tasmanian families doing it tough. Sharing just a little of what you have this Christmas will be among the most rewarding things you and your family can do in 2020. It will mean the world to a struggling family and bring immense joy to a child this Christmas morning. Help bring smiles to the faces of children and the vulnerable this Christmas.”

Reflecting on the disturbing proportion of Australians living in poverty, Mr McKenna said he had always been struck by Mother Teresa’s words: “If you cannot feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

“Help CatholicCare fight poverty this Christmas one family, one child at time. Help us make 2020 a Christmas to remember.”