Operation Christmas

 Bourne Abbey C of E Primary Academy School Council have been thinking about the worldwide community.  Bourne Abbey children and families care and support various charities throughout the year and this year the School Council voted to support Operation Christmas Child, which is an initiative run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse and co-ordinated by Bourne Baptist Church.

The School Council asked for shoe boxes to be decorated with wrapping paper and filled with a variety of gifts, toys, toiletries and stationary.  We were very proud of the phenomenal response from pupils, parents/carers and families as we received a tremendous 61 boxes!  Some families donated postage costs online and are excitedly waiting to track their shoeboxes to their final destination!

Each box will be gifted to a child around the world who may have been orphaned, a victim of war, poverty, famine or disease.  A single shoebox can have a massive impact on the lives of children, some of whom may never have received a present before. Those children will be able to find out about the Christian religion in a teaching programme.

Pastor Nick and youth worker Leigh Smith came to collect the shoeboxes and were delighted with the amount of shoeboxes donated.  Pastor Nick said; “It is lovely to see how generous people have been.  There will be smiles on the faces of many children this year!”  Finlay, Year 6, said; “I felt happy to be sending the box to the children as I know they will be really happy when they receive it.”

Mrs Edwards, Headteacher, explained why the school had taken on this project “It really helps the children to have an insight into the lives of others less fortunate than themselves and allows our children to benefit from displaying the values of generosity and kindness.”