Children and teachers from St Joseph’s Primary School in Wauchope were so moved by the plight of Lismore families whose homes were flooded that they began a collection.
New bed linen, towels, blankets, pillows, clothes, shoes and toys were among the items donated, and the total filled a room.
Teacher Maria Wilson said everyone contributed generously to the effort, which began on the school’s Facebook page, and took off very quickly.
“Five of our teachers have contacts in Lismore, and dozens of families in that area lost everything.
“In many cases, the flood water came right up to the eaves, so we decided to help,” she said.
“Ken and Robyn Mackay donated their large trailer, which was packed last Monday morning and taken to Lismore by one of the teachers. Other teachers will take any excess,” she added.
The children had a Mufti Day where they wore their own clothes, and raised $330, and the school has thrown in another $1000 to take to the schools in the north to help parents buy new school uniforms.