Returning to school after the holiday break is a nervous time for kids but it can also be a very expensive occasion for parents.
So, Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery has come forward to lend a hand.
The local state member will use her office as a collection point for people to drop off items to aid families, who need assistance with buying products to send their children back to school.
After being contacted by parents, Ms Hornery is opening her Nelson Street premises for donations to help residents who are struggling or have left their home due to domestic or family violence.
She’ll also work with local schools, charities such as Friends With Dignity, and refuges to provide those in need some valuable support.
“Once again the Wallsend electorate is willing to give and give,” Ms Hornery said.
“Following discussions with some local parents over the holidays, my office is now open to taking donations of back to school items to assist those people who are struggling.
“2020 was a difficult year.
“And, many families are still doing it tough following job losses due to COVID-19 or through situations such as escaping domestic violence.
“Kicking off the new school year is hard enough for all children.
“But, starting at a new school, not knowing anyone and not having the essentials that every other child has, can be all too much to handle.”
Ms Hornery said the local community always dug deep to assist those in need, like so many times last year.
“So, if you can help, purchase a backpack and fill it with school items like pens, lead pencils, highlighters, notepads, pencil case, coloured pencils, eraser, glue stick, clear contact, lunch box, water bottle, coloured markers, label stickers, ruler, calculator and crayons,” she added.
“They don’t have to be the most expensive brands, just whatever you can afford when you are out getting your own children their necessities.
“The items can be dropped to my office any time between now and the first week in February and I will make sure they all go to local families.”