CARING youngsters have helped people in need in South Tyneside during a bumper charity harvest.
More than 50 children at Clervaux Nursery School in Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, collected a wide range of tinned food and vegetables as part of their annual harvest festival.
Dozens of items have now been dispatched to the New Hope Church, South Shields, a charity which distributes food parcels to the needy, as the demand rises across our cash-strapped community.
Dozens of parents helped out by donating many of the foodstuffs collected at two harvest ceremonies at the school.
Headteacher Michelle Dixon said: “The number of donations was overwhelming, with plenty of fresh fruit and veg brought into nursery, as well as lots of tins and packets of food.
“The children sang a selection of harvest songs for the families, and all the donations will be collected and taken to the New Hope Church, to be made into food parcels and distributed to those in need in the local community.
“I am so proud of how much we managed to collect and would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated.”
Bob Parnaby, treasurer of New Hope Church, based in Robinson Street, South Shields, said: “We really do appreciate all the help given by the children, parents and staff at the school.
“We have been operating for quite a few years, but demand seems to be rising steeply.
“At the moment, we are sending out 15 food parcels a week, so help like this is very much needed.”