Youngsters in Crewe spread festive cheer
Operation Christmas Child has swung into action in Crewe this year, as Health and Social Care students at South Cheshire College have followed the lead of elderly residents at the Beechmere Extra Care development in preparing shoe boxes to send across the globe.
They are hoping to bring some festive cheer to children in other countries this Christmas, and the college groups have been busy packing up the shoe boxes full of useful items such as toothbrushes, pens, pencils and paper.
Staff and students generously donated different items which have been boxed up and are currently being despatched to boys and girls around the world.
Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project, run by the Christmas charity Samaritan’s Purse, and the charity has been sending the gift-filled shoeboxes since 1990 to bring a little joy into the lives of more than 100 million underprivileged children.
Children and adults across the UK get involved each year - whether it be churches, schools, colleges or workplaces. People take part by wrapping and sending nearly one million shoeboxes full of gifts to areas of Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Stacey Rutter, of South Cheshire College, said: “The students have been able to fill and send a number of shoe boxes this year thanks to the generosity of college staff and students.
“People were very keen to support the Operation Christmas Child appeal and their donations will make a big difference to the lives of children in different parts of the world.”