A group of Tauranga primary school students are doing their bit to help the city's homeless by preparing 100 care packages to give out to those in need.

The merry band of do-gooders included 11-year-old Natalia Jourdain, 6-year-old Hunter Ferris, 7 -year-old Grace Wallace and 5-year-old Jimmy Wallace.

The group of children, who are students from Matua Primary, Pyes Pa School, Pahoia School and Mount Maunganui Primary, also made presentations regarding the issue of homelessness in Tauranga at their schools.

The mastermind behind the project was Natalia. The Pyes Pa School student said it was "really sad" to see homeless people on the street.

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The project was going "beyond charity" and was about building relationships within the community, according to Curate Church volunteer Kate Ferris.

The children also attended Milo Night a couple of weeks ago.

(Left to right) Grace Wallace, 7, Natalia Jourdain, 11, and Hunter Ferris, 6, made 100 care packs for Tauranga's homeless population. Photo / George Novak
(Left to right) Grace Wallace, 7, Natalia Jourdain, 11, and Hunter Ferris, 6, made 100 care packs for Tauranga's homeless population. Photo / George Novak

"The kids have driven the project. They have decided what goes in the packs and what organisations the packs will be donated to," she said.

"They're also learning about causes and consequences as to why people end up homeless, whether that's due to tenant selection or the housing shortage."

The packs will be given to community organisations including Awhina House, Kai Aroha and Under The Stars, with each pack tailored for the needs of the recipients at the organisation.

Aside from goods such as toiletries, shampoo, conditioner and plasters, children would also place artwork and whakataukī (Māori proverbs) in the packs as a special and encouraging touch.

The whakataukī was included to acknowledge a disproportionate representation of Māori in the homeless population.

Each pack would also include an information sheet that laid out the local support on offer in Tauranga, such as community meals, housing services and drop-in clinics.

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The packs will be given out in the second week of April.

The youngsters were granted $500 from Curate Church's HelpMeHelpThem fund to help with the mission.