Bus laden with Xmas toys

Gift of giving . . . Abbotsford School pupils (front, from left) Charlotte Flawn (9), Erin Hasler (9), Efa Johnston (9), (middle, from left) Sam Baskett (10), Bella Munro (9) and (back) Stacey Smith (11) and Presbyterian Support Otago supporter development manager Jude McCracken hold items donated to Stock the Bus on Friday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Dunedin children donated toys and treats so families in need”get the same Christmas as everyone else” last week.

Presbyterian Support Otago’s (PSO) annual Stock the Bus trip was held on Friday, and more than 7300 items were given.

Two Ritchies buses, decorated for Christmas, stopped at Rotary Park Kindergarten, St Clair School, Abbotsford School, King’s High School, Maori Hill School, Otago University Childcare, Mornington School and at Inland Revenue.

PSO supporter development manager Jude McCracken said people were “so generous”.

Abbotsford School pupil Sam Baskett said it was important to drop off toys to the bus “so people in need get the same Christmas as everyone else”.

Pupil Stacey Smith said she gave hot wheels cars and tracks, and Barbie toys because she wanted other people to “be happy”.

Ritchies bus driver Christine Te Moananui said it was “amazing” to see how much people gave.

This was the first year she had been part of Stock the Bus, and was excited when she found out.

The children loved dropping of the toys on the bus, she said.

She was impressed to see that most people had their items in paper bags.