And thanks to the tremendous support from the school and local community, 21 shoeboxes were filled with goodies and basic items which we take for granted but some people simply don’t have.
Some people who will receive a shoebox may include orphaned children, or adults who are vulnerable or who may have disabilities, those who have had to leave their homes or who are on such low incomes that they can’t afford even the most basic things like shampoo, soap and warm clothes. It’s not difficult to choose gifts for people who have so little. By filling shoeboxes with some basic items and gifts, these S3 pupils wanted to help make strangers’ lives a little easier.
The ASDAN group researched what the Shoebox appeal is about before deciding that this was a cause they really wanted to support. Inspired by the difference receiving a few small gifts can make to others, the campaign was agreed.
As part of their Key Steps ASDAN Award, the group made posters and raised awareness of this charity within their school and the wider community. Practical skills were put to the test as all the shoeboxes had to be wrapped and lined before being packed.
The children gave up a lot of time to making sure the group had plenty of wrapped boxes ready to fill with toiletries and basic items to suit boys or girls, men or women of various age groups. It was very rewarding to see the time and care which the pupils put into filling the boxes.
The shoeboxes were collected from the school by a Blytheswood lorry last Wednesday afternoon.
They will now be sent out in time for Christmas to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania and Serbia.
The group wishes to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Shoebox Appeal such a huge success. It is a great feeling to be able to help others.
As the group said: “Imagine if all we had to open for Christmas was one shoebox. Let’s make them as special as we can.”