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Operation Christmas Child

Rocking around the Christmas tree… laden with a load of old shoeboxes! As part of a nationwide campaign, the School has worked hard over past weeks to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in a number of third-world countries.

Organised by Christian charity Samaritans Purse, Operation Christmas Child works throughout the autumn to provide as many children as possible with a gift for Christmas. Shoeboxes are wrapped in festive paper, filled to the brim with toys, books, puzzles, sweets and toiletries, then shipped off to make a poor child’s Christmas just that little bit better.

In the last 23 years, Operation Christmas Child has delivered 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes around the world to needy children. The pupils, staff, parents and friends of St John’s have been busy filling and wrapping, in order to donate as many boxes as possible to the cause.

On the morning of Friday 21 November, the number of boxes waiting for collection stood at a fantastic 102! Jacqui Chaddock, who organised the School’s donation, said, “I am really pleased by the School's generous response. Each box will make a huge difference in the lives of the children who will receive them - something worth remembering when we open our presents on Christmas day in the safety and warmth of our homes with our families around us.”

Published on 21/11/2014

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