Lakes College Business and IT students are getting into the Christmas spirit early this year fundraising and taking part in the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal.
The Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal began back in 1990 with over 157 million children in over 160 countries benefitting from this fantastic idea. The appeal gives shoeboxes filled with gifts to children across the world who have suffered war, poverty, famine disease and natural disasters so they can have a taste of Christmas.
The students have crafted and filled twenty boxes in just over a week full of specially chosen items like fun toys, hygiene items, school supplies, clothing and food. Each box has been gift wrapped and designed by the students for a boy or girl tailoring their gifts to three chosen categories, ranging from children only two years to fourteen years of age.
The students have not just been creating these gifts but also raising money and promoting the appeal with collection buckets around the college for people to donate and running a raffle from which they have managed to raise £200 to top up the appeal.
Ewan Beck (a Level 3 IT student at Lakes College) commented “I have donated to the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal before as I believe it is a great cause to raise money for and help children all over the world who are in need.”
Jackson Armstrong (Curriculum Operations Leader for Business and Computing) recognised the students’ dedication “I am very proud of the students who have put a lot of effort and hard work for such a good cause.”
After donating their boxes to their local drop off point, the students are now able to keep up with the appeal’s progress and find out where their box has been donated too and how they have helped.
To find out more about the wonderful Operation Christmas Child appeal visit: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child