The giving season doesn’t end at Christmas, with many struggling locals in need of a little bit of extra help this new year.
Mama Lana’s Community Foundation is making sure that no child starts the school year behind through their annual school supplies drive.
Lana Borg said by donating just a few items, you can make a difference in a child’s life.
“We’ve got 30 kids in total that we do school lunch packs for, 40 weeks of the year,” she said.
“This is our third year of the drive. We were getting messages through our Facebook page requesting it for people, asking if we could help them with school supplies.
“The community has been overwhelming lately with anything we put a call out for they just seem to gather together.”
Supplies including school bags, lunchboxes, drink bottles, notebooks, pens and pencils are all appreciated.
“I know it’s a big ask for people to grab a couple of extra things,” Ms Borg said.
“But if everyone just grabs a couple of different items with their shop, it spreads the burden.”
Donations don’t have to be in packaging, and items like sharpeners, glue sticks and rulers that often come in multi-packs are useful to buy for your own family, and then donate spares to help out locals in need.
Donations can be made at Storage King Penrith on Camden Street marked ‘For Mama Lana’s’.
Emily Newton is the Weekender’s police and political reporter. Emily is also the Weekender’s Senior Journalist.