Topsham kids’ shoeboxes filled with gifts for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:08 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:16 02 December 2014

Topsham school children are pictured with some of the Christmas boxes that were collected for the Samaritan's Purse charity appeal . Ref ext 1281-47-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Topsham school children are pictured with some of the Christmas boxes that were collected for the Samaritan's Purse charity appeal . Ref ext 1281-47-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

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Children from Topsham Primary School have been filling shoeboxes for youngsters in war-torn countries all over the world.

Pupils and parents alike filled boxes during an evening workshop, ready for the boxes to be collected last week.

“The children have been collecting small toys, knitted items, pencils, tooth brushes and soaps throughout the year as well as other items the children thought would be of practical use to other children,” said headteacher Sean Millar.

“They really enjoy making the shoeboxes and thinking about others who are less fortunate than themselves.”

The pupils and their parents also filled boxes at home bringing the total up to 65.

The children also visited the warehouse where their boxes are stored and made a further 55 boxes.

The shoebox appeal is run by Samaritan’s Purse under Operation Christmas Child which is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project.

Mr Millar said: “The appeal involves our entire school community, with lots of parents getting involved and children also making shoeboxes they fill at home.”

Samaritans Purse UK is an international relief and development organisation to help communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Topsham Primary School has been involved with the appeal for the last few years and contributed towards the 1.2 million shoeboxes sent from the UK.

“We hope to get involved with the project again next year, as we have done for the last couple of years,” said Mr Millar.

“The project is just one of the ways the school helps to broaden children’s social and cultural horizons and contribute to their understanding of the diversity in the world.”

The appeal has now closed for this year, but anyone wishing to donate can still do so by going to www.shoeboxworld.co.uk

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