Cans for Good helps families
James Hargest College junior campus students have broken their record, collecting more than 1800 cans of food for the Watties Cans for Good initiative.
Students collectively raised 1835 cans which were donated to the Salvation Army to help struggling families with food support.
On Friday, students used the cans to create designs representing what kindness meant to them, before the Salvation Army picked them up.
Designs included words that read Aroha and Kindness, peace signs and maps of New Zealand.
Teacher Emma Coatsworth said she was proud of the generous contributions from students, parents and the wider community who got behind the cause.
Classrooms competed to collect the most, and Room 12 won with 198 cans.
Room 12 student Nicole Lina said it was a good cause to support because it was donating cans, instead of money, so they knew exactly how they were helping out rather than not knowing what their donations were spent on.
Some students brought more than 20 cans each, so she was proud of their efforts, she said.
Her class created a hand peace sign for their design.
The school was among more than 225 schools throughout the country that took part.
Invercargill Salvation Army corp officer Annette Bray said seven Southland schools and kindergartens donated for Invercargill and two donated for Winton.
Combined, they collected more than 2500 cans, which was up on last year’s count, with James Hargest College collecting the most.
‘‘This is only the second year so we hope it only gets better.’’
During the next three months more than 100 families will be helped, she said.
‘‘We’re really, really grateful to all the schools that support us.’’
Nearing the end of the year some Invercargill schools also planned to hold mufti day fundraisers and help with food drives, Bray said.
The Salvation Army’s head of social services Pam Waugh said household budgets were stretched by rising living costs, especially for food and rent.
Last year The Salvation Army provided more than 58,000 food parcels to help Kiwis.
James Hargest College junior campus students Ashley Phillips, 13, Danielle Chinembiri, 13, Jane Fernando, 12, and Nicole Lina, 12.