Shoeboxes on their way

Families in Blyth have got into the Christmas spirit early by donating to an annual appeal for needy children.

Students at Bede Academy helped to load 180 boxes filled with gifts for boys and girls onto a van to be sent to Eastern Europe and Africa as part of Samaritan’s Purse annual Operation Christmas Child appeal.

Blythswood Care is coordinating the appeal in the town and has been collecting from various donation points.

Teacher Vicki Alsop, who organises the appeal at Bede each year, said:

“Our students and their families, and staff, have been very generous once again to ensure that children in other parts of the world experience a wonderful Christmas.

“Each morning since we launched this year’s appeal my Year 9 tutor group has been checking the boxes as they’ve come in, which they’ve really enjoyed.

“The appeal is a lovely way of reminding us all of the true meaning of Christmas. It’s great for our students to know that the toys, stationery and toiletries they’ve donated will soon bring a smile to a child in another country.”

Since the appeal started in 1990, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have received a shoebox of gifts.