Pupils from Marshfields School donate Christmas gifts

Marshfields School - Shoebox appeal13.11.14 – Generous pupils from Marshfields School in Dogsthorpe have filled shoe boxes full of gifts to send to children over four thousand miles away.

More than 140 pupils ranging from year 7 to post 16 have been involved, and they have included gifts such as toiletries, cuddly toys, stationery, scarves and gloves for under-privileged children in Kyrgyzstan.

It’s part of Operation Christmas Child which has been running since 1990. It is an annual scheme organised by the Samaritan’s Purse, who provide millions of gift boxes to children who need them most.

Samaritan’s Purse ask for a donation of £3 per box to cover transportation costs but rather than accepting individual donations from pupils, Marshfields School, who support pupils with moderate and complex learning difficulties, has organised various fundraising activities such as a dress down day, cake sales and a raffle in their community cafe.

Pupils will also be able to track the fully stocked shoe boxes online as they make their journey across the globe.

Trudy Bollons, a parent from Marshfields School who has organised the scheme said, “When I approached the head teacher about getting the children involved, I had no idea how much it would take off. The response has been incredible. It’s fantastic to see the whole community get involved.”

Teacher Susan Briggs, who helped co-ordinate the project said, “We are overwhelmed by the generous donations from parents since we sent out letters informing them of the scheme. We have had bags full of items to put in the shoe boxes.

“As a school, we were keen to broaden our global links, and encouraged pupils to think of other children in Kyrgystan and their needs. We also wanted to help and as we have been involved with this scheme previously, we thought we would take part again this year. It has been a wonderful experience for everyone involved.”