Pupils gift their produce

St Joseph's School Young Vinnies Sophie Dempster (11), Alice Murray (12), Jessary Garcia (13) and Mikayla Hill (12), prepare on Thursday to give Lieutenant Rebekah Herring, of the Salvation Army, vegetables they have grown. Photo supplied.
St Joseph's School Young Vinnies Sophie Dempster (11), Alice Murray (12), Jessary Garcia (13) and Mikayla Hill (12), prepare on Thursday to give Lieutenant Rebekah Herring, of the Salvation Army, vegetables they have grown. Photo supplied.
Christmas is a time of giving, and a group of young Balclutha residents has done just that, donating the fruits - or in this case vegetables - of their labours.

Members of the Young Vinnies - a group of 19 St Joseph's School pupils aged between 11 and 13 - this week made a donation of home-grown vegetables to the local foodbank, giving the charity a much-needed boost before Christmas.

St Joseph's principal Annie Nelson said the senior class chose to grow their own vegetables as a class project.

Over the past three months, pupils had been cultivating a variety of vegetables, including spring onions, silverbeet, and beetroot, growing enough produce to fill three boxes to donate to the Clutha foodbank.

Salvation Army staff and volunteers will distribute the food to those in need in the South Otago area. Last year, the Salvation Army took over the operation of the foodbank, which was previously run from St Andrew's Church.

The service operates from Salvation Army offices in Clyde St and is open from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Donations can also be dropped off at Balclutha New World.

- helena.dereus@odt.co.nz