It's that special time of year again, where we celebrate the bounty of the harvest, most of us attending our own children's harvest festivals and rejoicing in the gifts God has given us.
It is also a time of reflection and the realization that not everyone in the world has what God has blessed us with, not only in the poverty stricken areas that we see on the news such as Africa and India, but realizing that there is poverty on our own doorstep.
Local schools have been showing their support for the area and A Way Out by donating their Harvest collections to the Food Plus project which in the few months that it's been in place has given out over 1200 parcels to local families.
Liz says "The support from so many local schools has been amazing, donations have been overwhelming and will ensure that local people will benefit from this harvest.
Duncan has attended many school assemblies in recent weeks and is impressed with the knowledge that the children have and their eagerness to help others in poorer circumstances than they are.
Special thanks to the children, parents and staff of the following schools:
St Bede's RC Primary School, St Josephs RC VA School Norton, Egglescliffe CE VC Primary School, Frederick Nattrass Primary School, Harewood Primary School, Kirklevington Primary School, Layfield Primary School, Levendale Primary School, Norton Primary School, Oxbridge Lane Primary School, St Cuthbert's RC VA Primary School, St John the Baptist CE VC Primary School, St Mary's CE Primary School, St Patrick's RC Primary School Thornaby, Thornaby CE VC Primary School.
And more thanks to: Thornaby Methodist Church, Hardwick Baptist Church, South Bank Baptist Church, TVC Church, St John's Church Ragworth, Portrack Baptist Church and Thornaby Baptist Church
Harvest Happiness Event, Stockton Division Brownies and Guides.