Junior Girls' Shoebox Collection for Disadvantaged Children
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Bolton School Junior Girls' have been busy collecting gifts, educational supplies, and hygiene items to send to underprivileged children in Serbia.
The collection was part of Operation Christmas Child, the World's largest children's Christmas appeal, and involved girls from Years 3 to 6 each putting together a shoebox of useful items to be sent to disadvantaged children. David Hall, local coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, came along to the school to collect the finished boxes, which will be sent to Serbia on 28 November in time for Christmas.
Girls were asked to decide if their gift would be for a girl or boy and the age range it would be suitable for. They were encouraged to wrap their box in colourful Christmas paper and then fill it with items such as jewellery, dolls, soft toys, puzzle books, pens, balls and toy cars, alongside more practical items including soap, toothpaste, gloves and scarves.
The appeal is organised by Samaritan's Purse - a charity which aims to meet the critical needs of victims of war, famine, poverty, disease and natural disaster, whilst sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Last year 1.25m shoeboxes packed full of gifts and goodies were collected in the UK and a staggering 7m were collected worldwide. As well as Serbia where the girls' gifts are off to, boxes also go to other countries in Eastern Europe, Africa and Central Asia.