Girls Offer Gifts and Time to Shoebox Appeal
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Pupils at Bolton School Girls’ Division have been helping to prepare shoeboxes of Christmas gifts for needy children.
As part of Operation Christmas Child - the world's largest children's Christmas appeal - the girls collected items such as toys, gifts, sweets, educational items, basic necessities, scarves and gloves, which then filled 119 shoeboxes. Two girls from each year then went along to the operation warehouse in Horwich, where they helped to check boxes donated by other schools, churches, community groups and leisure centres in Bolton. The girls worked with a team of local volunteers, checking the contents of the shoeboxes to ensure they did not contain items such as chocolate, liquids or weapons, and also to top up some boxes with a range of spares that had been donated. In an hour the girls checked 200 boxes for the project and all came away with a great ‘feel good’ feeling.
The boxes, which are wrapped in festive paper, will be driven to children in less fortunate countries in time for Christmas. For the past 20 years, Operation Christmas Child has given shoeboxes to youngsters in countries including Zimbabwe, Bosnia, Romania and Mozambique.