A youngster from Wollongong felt so upset on behalf of Cobargo's bushfire survivors he has donated a bag full of his favourite toys.
After hearing about the state's bushfires, Van Clark, of Woonona, decided he wanted to help put a smile on the face of someone his own age who had lost their home.
The three-year-old picked out some of his favourite toys, packed them into a bag and posted them to Cobargo Preschool, where they will be given to one of the preschool's children whose house was destroyed when the New Year's Eve fire devastated the region.
It is a wonderful display of compassion that made his mother Morgan Clark very proud - especially taking into account the fact Van only turned three at the start of January.
"He was very determined about it all!" she said.
"He brought out his toys and said 'Mum they will be really sad so let's get my toys to them'."
She reached out to Cobargo Preschool to make sure the gift was something that would be useful, then Van packed a school bag with items like books, stickers, colouring in pencils, a toy car and some of his favourite toy trains which were "very well-loved".
"I think he could have sent a whole truck down if he wanted!" Ms Clark said.
"Most of the package are things from his own wardrobe.
"He put a lot of thought into it. He was very particular about choosing things that made him feel good.
"The car in particular is one of his favourite toys and when he pulled it out he said 'I hope this makes them smile'."
Ms Clark said she had struggled with how to explain the bushfire emergency to her son, saying she did not want to frighten him, but also thought talking about the issue with him was key.
"He is going to be the future one day, and his generation all will," she said.
"They're not too young to offer help in this time.
"It made us think about our approach too, because he had such a compassionate approach for a two-year-old at the time."
Ms Clark said her family will visit Narooma for a holiday later this month.
She said they will show Van the region where his donation will be making an impact and also plan to take the "empty esky" approach to support businesses along the Far South Coast as they travel to the area.