New online community eases back-to-school pinch

Jodie with some of the donated school supplies.
Jodie with some of the donated school supplies.


A GROUP of community-minded mothers in Logan in Queensland have created an online community to assist parents who are struggling to meet their children’s back to school needs, and their compassion has extended all the way down to New South Wales and into Port Stephens.

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Organiser Renee Hancock created a Facebook community entitled “Children Are The Future – School Supplies Donations” which has created a place online where parents who need help can reach out for support, and where others who have spare supplies can donate them, knowing that the books, pens, pencils, stationery and uniforms they donate will go to families that really need them.

Only created on January 28 2018, the group has proven to be very successful, with already 1,832 users signed up and the organisers have been inundated with offers of support and from families reaching out for help.

The community was the brainchild of mother of two Renee Hancock, who has explained what inspired her to create the group.

“We all know someone who has struggled in the past to purchase school items, I know what it is like myself and so I have come up with the idea to create a group for parents or carers struggling with getting school supplies.”

“The aim of this group is to get donations which will help those parents who are in need or struggling to be able to get anything school supplies related.”

“Anyone wanting to give away any unwanted or unused school supplies is welcome to join us,” she said.

Although currently based in South East Queensland, the group have already quickly branched out Nationally and are aiming to help as many struggling families as possible.

Raymond Terrace and the wider area has their very own branch, with Raymond Terrace mother of two Jodie May taking on the role of local coordinator.

Jodie told News Of The Area, “We need anything school related, pencils, pens, lunch boxes, but also items for the senior students that are often overlooked.”

“We are in need of items for high school students, like scientific calculators, geometry sets and headphones for computer work.”

“Anything you have spare will be welcomed, there are so many families in our local area in need,” she said.


By Rachael VAUGHAN

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