From Bulwell to Africa — shoebox sunshine for poverty-hit kids

Hempshill School Xmas shoeboxes
Hempshill School Xmas shoeboxes

CARING pupils and staff at Bulwell’s Hempshill Hall Primary School will be taking sunshine into the lives of poverty-stricken children in Africa through the Samaritan’s Purse annual shoebox appeal, Operation Christmas Child.

After an appeal made by head teacher Helen Ridge for positive support of the initiative, she was delighted when everyone at Hempshill Hall responded by filling more than 60 shoeboxes with items that will make their way to disadvantaged youngsters in time for the festive season.

Sweets, toys, stationery, toiletries, books and games are just a few of the delights that will be winging their way to Swaziland, which is one of the designated regions supported by the charity.

Last year, more than £1.1 million worth of gift-filled shoeboxes were received by children in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

“We are pleased to be able to take sunshine into the lives of children across the world with our shoebox gifts,” said Mrs Ridge.

“The lessons our pupils have learned is that it is better to give than to receive, and how fortunate they are to live in a land of plenty.”

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n OUR PHOTO shows Mrs Ridge and colleagues with pupils and their shoebox gifts. (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).