Christmas shoebox campaign

Students at Holgate Academy have been collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child nhud 25-11-14 holgate acade

Students at Holgate Academy have been collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child nhud 25-11-14 holgate acade

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Big-hearted pupils at a Hucknall school have filled 200 shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children less fortunate than themselves.

Holgate Academy on Hillcrest Drive has collected for the annual Operation Christmas Child project for the last five years and the school handed over the fruits of their labour today, Friday 28th November.

The boxes are labelled for boys and girl and are divided into three age ranges: two to four, five to nine and ten to 14.

Associate principal Mark Lees said: “Holgate Academy pupils have been working hard to make shoeboxes for a Christmas charity.

“Each box contains a selection of gifts that are destined for orphans, children in refugee camps and places of desperate poverty.

“As an academy we have collected over 200 of these wonderful gifts.

“They go to people who aren’t going to have a Christmas of any sort

“They contain practical things like soap and toothbrushes, as well as toys and drawing materials, and things like bouncy balls and playing cards.

“We start in October and collect donated gifts and cash which buys presents. We have plenty of time to organise it, so it’s manageable.

“They are wrapped and labelled to look Christmassy.”