A big-hearted 13-year-old has spent the last six months working towards a cause she believed was important - cheering up the children in Bega's hospital.
As the end of Kyra Shannon's Youth Frontiers project she handed over 30 goodie bags for young people staying in the children's ward at the South East Regional Hospital.
"When I was a young kid I had to go to the hospital for a dog bite and it was a little scary," the Sapphire Coast Anglican College student said.
"I think when you're a kid and you have to go to hospital it can be very scary."
She began a campaign calling for donations from the community, going from classroom to classroom with her friends at her school telling other students about why she was doing it, and asking for donations to be left at the college.
When it came time to prepare the goodie bags, with the help of her friends she sorted the donations into the bags labelled for different ages and genders.
The bags contained items including toiletries, soft toys, stuffed animals, pencils, paper and colouring-in books.
"I can't take all the credit because it's obvious Jodie [Stewart from Youth Frontiers] helped me, SCAC helped me, my youth group and my friends contributed, and the Sapphire Community Pantry donated too," Kyra said.
Kyra said her Youth Frontiers project helped her feel like she made a difference in the community, and it also boosted her self-esteem and how she feels about herself.
"It's also helped me see things from other people's perspectives," she said.
"I just hope it helps the children feel like the community is there for them, that they know they are scared and in need."
The goodie bags will be handed out to children when they are entered into the children's ward at SERH.
"It's close to Christmas so if anyone is in the hospital in December they're going to get a Christmas present!" Kyra said.
Youth Frontier is a NSW government founded organisation that goes over the span of six months and helps teaches life skills and build self-confidence through support and mentoring.
This year, there were 60 Youth Frontiers mentees across the Bega Valley, which is the largest number the program has ever seen in the region.