COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Generosity of Thornton Public School

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I commend the Thornton Public School community for the citizenry and generosity shown by their quest to donate 64 hand-made blankets to domestic violence and homelessness service provider Carrie's Place. The blankets are destined for the arms of Lower Hunter women and children who are experiencing domestic violence, and people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

Thornton teachers and blanket project co-ordinators Yvonne Fletcher and Anne Osborne worked with their colleagues, parents and grandparents of students to produce knitted squares that were sewn into blankets. The school community has completed 32 blankets to date, and they were recently presented to Carrie's Place with each bearing a tag that read: "Wrapped with love from the students, teachers and community of Thornton Public School".

In addition to the 32 blankets still in production, the school plans to hold a food drive in the lead-up to Christmas and donate the bounty to Carrie's Place ahead of the holiday season.

Thank you, Thornton Public School.