Children pack shoeboxes with goods

The pupils at Clavering Primary School who have helped with the school's shoebox appeal this year.
The pupils at Clavering Primary School who have helped with the school's shoebox appeal this year.

PRIMARY school pupils boxed up goods to bring a smile to the faces of children struck by poverty this Christmas.

The kind-hearted youngsters at Clavering Primary School packed up enough toys, supplies, hygiene items and goodies to fill more than 100 shoeboxes.

They have now been sent off as a Christmas gift to children living in poverty around the world.

Clavering Primary School is one of a number of town schools which have taken part in a shoebox appeal every year.

The project is part of Operation Christmas Child, an international relief scheme which is carried out by the charity Samaritan’s Purse.

Year 6 pupil Jacob Edwards, who is the chair of the school’s council, said: “We do a huge amount of fundraising but I think our Shoebox Appeal is one of the most important things we do.

“It was fantastic to be able to load the Samaritan’s Purse truck with more than 100 hundreds shoeboxes.”

Last Christmas more than one million children from 12 countries received a special shoebox gift thanks to the generous donations of schools and organisations across the UK.

Clavering Primary School’s deputy headteacher, Neil McAvoy, who has led his own humanitarian aid projects in Third World countries in the past, knows how much of a difference the donated shoeboxes make to the children in need.

He said: “Having seen children climb into rubbish bins to try and find something to play with, I know from first-hand experience that the gift of a present-filled shoebox makes such a huge difference to children around the world.

“Despite the current economic climate, the Clavering families have, once again, been incredibly generous and I hope they understand how special their gifts are.”