Brooke Weston students have donated 90 shoeboxes full of goodies to this year’s Operation Christmas Child appeal. The boxes have been filled with gifts, including toiletries, stationery and toys and each is gender specific and suitable for a distinct age group, meaning that each is tailor-made for its recipient.
This year’s collection has been organised by teacher Miss Moore, who gave out information in assembly so that as many people as possible could get involved. Her tutor group, 7E, really got behind the project, with most of them filling a shoebox each, while the rest have been donated by students and staff.
The shoeboxes have now been collected by charity, Samaritan’s Purse, who have been running Operation Christmas Child for the last 22 years. Last year over a million shoeboxes were donated from the UK alone, and shipped out to children in 105 countries around the world including in Africa, central Asia and eastern Europe.
Miss Moore said: ‘I am really pleased about how many shoeboxes we collected because it is something I have always taken part in myself. It is really great because even if children don’t celebrate Christmas they get a gift and they may never have got a gift before. A Sixth Form group decorated their own box as they forgot wrapping paper but whoever gets that box will love it as they went to so much effort. Thank you to everyone who filled and wrapped a shoebox; they will make a lot of children very happy this Christmas.’