School Chaplain brings Christmas Care to Community

Tanya Middleton, the Chaplain of Bligh Park Public School, is bringing care and joy to students and their families this Christmas with one hundred hampers.

Now in her fourth year of her annual Christmas Appeal, Tanya has packed and distributed over 600 food hampers with thousands of gifts and chocolates over the years.

“The hampers are distributed through local School Chaplains to families finding life difficult for various reasons. Each family receives a food hamper, with a bag of gifts for the children – for the parents to give. Plus a gift for the parents too, because they also deserve to feel loved and valued.” says Tanya.

Inspired by her late mother, Tanya has always had collecting, packing and giving away hampers as part of her family Christmas.

“Life can be really tough regardless of who you are or where you’re from, and if something as small as a box of chocolates can make someone smile on Christmas Day, then I’m living my life with purpose – it’s not always about the big things”

“This is a great way to support the wellbeing of whole families in need within our public school communities” says James Flavin, General Manager of Generate Ministries, the leading provider of School Chaplains in NSW.

A Chaplain is a support worker within the school who can provide one-on-one care, mentoring and support for students, parents and staff. Chaplains are also able to run specific programs tailored to the school’s needs such as grief and loss, resilience building and anti-bullying.