A FLOREAT childcare centre has donated care packages to the Salvation Army to help those in need.
Throughout May, Play’s Kool Outside School Hours Care reached out for donations through the children, their families and their schools.
Lead educator Aoife Casey said some kids even donated their pocket money or did chores to earn money to donate.
“The 2011 census determined that over 105,000 people were homeless in Australia and shockingly, around 17 percent of these were children under the age of 12,” Ms Casey said.
“We worked on a community project where the children made care packages for the homeless.
“The packages included essential items that many of us may take for granted.”
These essential items included a toothbrush and toothbrush holder, toothpaste, soap and soap holder, deodorant, thermal socks and wipes.
“Each care package cost $12, and we collected enough money to make 50,” Ms Casey said.
Major Lyne Jones from the Salvation Army came to speak to the children to explain who the Salvos were and what they did.
“After Lyne’s visit, we brainstormed what we had learnt and what we could do to help and we decided to create care packages to assist the Salvos in their outreach program,” Ms Casey said.
“This project not only teaches the children philanthropy, but it will broaden their understanding of the world that we live in and will teach them that homelessness can affect many different people or varying ages and race.”