A Hamilton firm is so impressed by the spirit of Ohura school children determined to keep their town alive it has sent them some Christmas cheer.
In a letter to Ohura Valley Primary School principal Kathryn Munro, Forlong's director Helen Forlong said the company's $1000 donation was sparked by a Waikato Times article on the school last month.
The article said the students were determined to keep their town alive despite the closure of Ohura's biggest employer, the prison.
Mrs Munro said the company's generosity showed the spirit of Christmas was very much alive.
"The money will indeed be used to purchase something that will benefit all the pupils at the school," she said.