You may think it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas, but I want you to start now.
Most of us here are lucky enough to receive what we ask for at Christmas time, but there are many children around the world that have never received a gift before! They may not even know what Christmas is. So this year, I’d like to challenge you all to bring a smile to someone else, by giving them a small and simple gift. And there is an organisation to help you do just that!
The organisation is called Samaritans Purse, and they run the program Operation Christmas Child. Every year, they collect shoe box donations and take them to countries that have very little. Over the duration of Term 3, as a school, we will be collecting gifts to pack shoe boxes to send overseas to these young people. It is such a small thing that we can do, but it can bring so much joy and happiness into the lives of people who otherwise wouldn’t know what Christmas is.
To be able to take part, all you need to do is bring a donation to school and add it to the collection box in Student Services.
If you’re unsure of what you could done, think about:
- Something to love- small teddy/soft toy or doll
- Something to wear- pair of socks, t-shirt sunnies, hair clips/headband or jewellery
- Something for school- pens, pencils, texters, paper pad, stickers or erasers
- Something to play with- small balls, marbles, toy car or slinky
- Something for hygiene- bar of soap, tooth brush, hair brush or comb
It doesn’t need to be an expensive gift, just one or two dollars is all you need to spend!
Let’s see how many shoe boxes the school can fill!
– Lauren Hill