This year, for the very first time at St. Columba’s, as part of their Sacramental Preparation Journey in Faith, Year 4 decided to support ‘Operation Christmas Child’ – the Shoe Box Appeal.
A shoe box is Christmas wrapped, filled with toiletries, toys and school items before being sent to a child in natural disaster zones and war torn areas of the world. For many children, this will be the only gift they will receive this Christmas.
Year 4 set their sights high and made a target! They wanted to wrap and fill 100 shoe boxes by Friday 3rd November! They started by delivering a special assembly to the whole school to raise awareness of the chairty and ask our school community for help. They explained how to pack a shoe box with the right items to help children who aren’t as lucky as we are.
We recognised that asking parents to fill the shoe boxes at home can be expensive and time consuming. Y4 wanted the whole community to play a small part each and together, if we worked as a team, we knew we would make a bigger impact. The Y4 children ran a shop every morning break and on occasions after school for two weeks. Children and parents were able to buy items from as little as 5p, up to £1 in order to fill the shoe boxes. Items for sale included rubbers, pencils, notebooks, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc. Y4 wish to thank the Friends of St. Columba’s for giving them the initial money to buy these items in bulk to sell.