Castleford pupils donate box-loads of Christmas gifts

Children from Half Acres school in Castleford handover their shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to 5 Towns Christian Fellowship.'Pictured: Pupils Sophie Tillotson, Ryan Parker and Conor Howard with some of the shoeboxes.'p301a448
Children from Half Acres school in Castleford handover their shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to 5 Towns Christian Fellowship.'Pictured: Pupils Sophie Tillotson, Ryan Parker and Conor Howard with some of the shoeboxes.'p301a448

Kind-hearted schoolchildren in Castleford donated box-loads of Christmas gifts to charity.

More than 30 pupils from Half Acres Primary School gave 54 shoeboxes filled with presents to Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, as part of its Operation Christmas Child campaign.

The year five children visited the Five Towns Christian Fellowship Church to hand over the shoeboxes.

Pupils spent the day at the church singing Christmas songs and learning about the charity, which helps deprived children in developing countries.

Maureen Bates, fundraiser for the charity, said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to see children taking an interest in giving to someone else who is in need.

“This may be the first and last present these disadvantaged children get, so it’s very special for them”.

The church also held a craft fair at which people could donate shoeboxes to the appeal. Each box includes a mix of stationery, sweets, soap, toothpaste and toys.

Head of school Susan Gardiner said: “It’s great for us to get the children involved with this appeal because it’s about learning as well as giving.

“It’s very rewarding so see children thinking about others, especially at this time of year.”