THINKING OF OTHERS: Taabinga State School student Jack Boston with members of the Salvation Army.
THINKING OF OTHERS: Taabinga State School student Jack Boston with members of the Salvation Army. Contributed

Trading Christmas list for a gift

FOR most children this time of year is a chance to write a list of what they would like for Christmas, but not for Jack Boston.

Instead, the Year 5 Taabinga State School student was busy repurposing a bike as a gift to donate to the Salvation Army's Christmas drive for toys.

The project involved taking apart an old bike, removing the rust and repainting, regreasing the bearings, pulling apart the chain, and replacing the seat and pedals.

The mission took three weeks to finish and Jack spoke of how proud he was, knowing he had made something that was going to someone who really needed it.

Allan Kerr, from the Salvation Army, said he was delighted to hear that a young boy had taken the time to repair a small bike, only to donate it.

"What a fine example of a young man to share the real spirit of Christmas," Mr Kerr said.

"This is a time for people of any age to give and spread the Christmas cheer around our community."

The bike project was part of a program run by Taabinga State School's Chaplin Alexia Back.

She said the project would never have happened without the support from Recyclelinks and the commitment from Mr Kirsch and Jack.

"Christmas is a time to reach out to others."

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