Message from the Parent Support Advisor
This year, through a campaigns called Operation Christmas Child, run by the UK charity Samaritan’s Purse and Blythswood Care, the school is joining with thousands of other schools up and down the country in wrapping, packing and sending shoeboxes full of gifts – things like tooth brushes, toothpaste and soap, hairbrushes, pens, pencils, something to write in, toys or games - to needy children around the world. I am enclosing more information about this campaign and how to take part, for your information.
Through these campaign, we want to teach children here, about generosity to others, and compassion, to make them aware of the fact that there are children elsewhere in the world who have nothing, and give them the opportunity to do something practical, yet so simple, that can make such a difference.
Both charities are a Christian charity so it’s their Christian beliefs that motivate them to help the poor and needy. The shoebox gifts are distributed through local churches overseas who may invite children to join a discipleship course called The Greatest Journey. But participation is always with the consent of parents or guardians and shoeboxes are given unconditionally to children based on need, regardless of background or religious beliefs.
Hopefully explaining these things will encourage you and your family to get involved. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people in this country, adults and children alike, regardless of whether they share our beliefs or not, join with Operation Christmas Child to express their compassion for those less fortunate than themselves, by giving an unconditional gift of love, at Christmas time.’
So please help us reach another million or so children with a shoebox gift that tells them that they are loved, and not forgotten this Christmas!” If you would like to donate a shoe box filled with lovely gifts can you please bring the box in by Friday 23rd November.2018
Should you have any questions about Operation Christmas Child, or Samaritan’s Purse, please visit: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk or Blythswood Care www.blythswood.org/shoebox
Thank you for your support!
PSA - Mrs Omer