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Tuggeranong School helps families – Our Canberra

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Caroline Chisholm School Principal Jennifer Howard and Good Sheppard Community Church Community Development Coordinator Cheryl Turek worked together to deliver baskets to the quarantined Canberrans.

It’s a situation no one wants to be in – but for many Canberrans, part of 2021 has been quarantined following exposure to COVID-19. For many families stuck at home, acts of kindness have helped them through difficult times.

One of those acts of kindness came from Caroline Chisholm School (CCS) and Good Shepherd Community Church (GSCC). Together, they spent the second half of 2021 delivering food baskets to the quarantined Canberrans.

Since August 2021, 30 baskets have been delivered to families in Canberra. With Christmas fast approaching, additional baskets will soon be deposited on the threshold of the Canberrans quarantine.

“We focused on a community approach to taking care of our students and their families. We have had quite a few members of the school community who have experienced financial difficulties or others who have been ill and have not been able to access food and resources due to the quarantine ”, explains the principal. from the CCS, Jennifer Howard.

“When the Good Shepherd Community Church approached us with the idea of ​​helping families in quarantine, we were more than happy to help.

“We are working on multiple partnerships with community groups to show our community that the school is there to support them.”

When Lucy Montanez’s family found themselves in quarantine for four weeks after a family member contracted COVID-19, the baskets took away the stress of wondering how she was going to get food.

“I was so grateful to have the basket. Everything we could use inside it was amazing.

GSCC continues to buy and pack the baskets in order to support families in their community during a difficult time.