Dartmouth Academy pupils, students and staff have packed an amazing 112 Shoeboxes for this year’s Christmas Child appeal.
The annual appeal asks for shoeboxes filled with gifts for children around the world who would not normally receive presents over the festive period.
Choosing whether they fill a box for a boy or a girl, each box is anindividual gift from a child in this country to one who would not receive any gifts. The world wide appeal is run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse and has become a phenomenon since it was launched in 1990.
The shoeboxes filled by pupils and students at the Academy were collected by the local representatives of the charity on Thursday November 15.
Organising the Dartmouth Academy response to the appeal was Vicki Hart, human resources manager at the all through school.
“We are really pleased to have collected 112 boxes,” she said. “This is a wonderful cause and we think it is a great thing for all our children to do: thinking about others and doing something altruistic at Christmas. We are always trying to encourage all our pupils and students to do things for others and this is the perfect appeal to allow them to do so.”
Academy Principal Nick Hindmarsh said: “Christmas is a very special time and it is wonderful that our pupils and students have taken the time to fill these boxes and make sure someone else, who they have never met, has a wonderful surprise this Christmas. I’m very proud of everyone who filled a shoebox.”