Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:19:57): I commend the Thornton Public School community for the citizenry and generosity shown by their quest to donate 64 handmade blankets to domestic violence and homelessness service provider Carrie's Place.

The blankets are destined for the arms of lower Hunter women and children experiencing domestic violence and people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. Thornton teachers and blanket project coordinators Yvonne Fletcher and Anne Osborne worked with their colleagues, parents and grandparents to produce knitted squares that were sewn into blankets.

The school community has completed 32 blankets to date, which 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 to donate the bounty to Carrie's Place ahead of the holiday season.

I thank Thornton Public School and its students for their generosity, kindness and compassion.