HUNDREDS of Christmas gifts were delivered to families in need this month after the community came together during the Southern Redlands Toy Drive.
Students from St Rita's Catholic Primary School and Faith Lutheran College Redlands as well as deputy mayor Lance Hewlett, Redlands MP Kim Richards, local businesses and Redlands residents were on hand last week to collect gifts at Champions Church in Thornlands.
Thanks to donations from Redlanders, families in need received toys for each child and an extra little gift for the family, along with fresh fruit, vegetables and food hampers provided by Champions Support Services.
People struggling to make ends meet this Christmas were encouraged to collect a bag and choose gifts for their children and grandchildren.
Southern Redlands Toy Drive co-ordinator Sheena Hewlett said as the needs of Redlanders grew, it was humbling to see more people getting involved.
"With our Annual Toy Drive now in its 13th year it's growing bigger and bigger every year," she said.
"Next year will be bigger and better."
Mrs Hewlett said students from her kindergarten class had loved being a part of the drive. She said she believed children were never to young to be global citizens who contributed to the community.
Champions provides families across Redlands with support each week. For more information, visit championschurch.com.au/foodrelief.
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