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Caring with kindness .. Oamaru Hospital nursing director Yvee Thomas (left) receives care bags donated by Waitaki Girls' High School Astra Group leaders Samantha Atley (17) and Gemma Fitzgerald (16), and teacher in charge Liz Ballantyne. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Waitaki Girls’ High School Astra Group has given a range of care bags to Oamaru Hospital.

The bags, put together by the Altrusa International-affiliated school group, contain basic essentials and hygiene products. Children’s bags, containing items such as soft toys, colouring books, combs and facecloths, were also donated.

Oamaru Hospital director of nursing and operations Yvee Thomas said the bags were great for people who arrived at the hospital unexpectedly, or who had not had time to bring some of the basic necessities from home.

Items in the care bags were donated by local businesses, including Paper Plus Oamaru, Cooper & Hunt, F&F Dental, Crombie and Price, Brackens Print and Oamaru Pharmacy.

The Astra group, under the guidance of teacher-in-charge Liz Ballantyne, is led by Waitaki Girls’ pupils Samantha Atley (17) and Gemma Fitzgerald (16), who are both interested in studying health sciences at university.

Waitaki District Health Services chief executive Ruth Kibble praised the group’s endeavours: of impressive leadership by some of the youth in our community.

students themselves, but the teachers, school and local businesses who have supported this effort.”