Students collect gifts for Operation Christmas Child

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Students at Samworth Church Academy have collected 60 shoeboxes filled with Christmas presents for the Samaritan’s Purse charity.

Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation and the shoe boxes collected will be distributed through their ‘Operation Christmas Child’ initiative, delivered to children worldwide who otherwise may not receive any gifts at Christmas.

Leanne Wain, librarian at the Academy said: “We’ve collected these shoeboxes and their contents because as an Academy we think it’s important not just to think about others, but to actually act on those thoughts and do something that will make a difference.

“We hope that by putting these presents together for children in war zones or in developing countries we are helping to bring happiness to people that have very little or are less fortunate than ourselves.

“We want to show that somebody in the world is thinking about them at Christmas.”

Student Anna Rigby (13) said she was grateful for the opportunity to donate and hoped that her gift would make someone, somewhere, happy at Christmas.

She said: “I collected for this charity because I enjoy finding presents and things for other people.

“I think that the recipient will be grateful and happy that a stranger has done this for them.”