Children from the nursery with one of the shoe boxes they donated

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16 December 2011

Students take part in shoebox appeal

Students from the Public Services courses at the College’s Trowbridge campus have been volunteering at a warehouse in Cardiff to help with ‘Operation Christmas Child’ (which some people may know as the ‘Shoebox Appeal’). They have spent time checking and packing shoeboxes ready to be sent to children in Kosovo.

The children in the College’s Trowbridge Road nursery also got involved. They donated items and decorated the boxes for the appeal which was coordinated by Public Services lecturer Natasha Ryan-Jones. Nursery Manager, Kathy Pickett, said: “The children learnt that there are little children in the world who through no fault of their own would not receive presents and they wanted to help to bring a child’s wish come true.” The children in each of the rooms in the nursery put together a shoebox wrapped in paper which had been personally designed and decorated by their little hands.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of international Christian relief organised by Samaritan’s Purse. 

Gift-filled shoe boxes, containing items such as toys, books, pencils and toiletries, are sent to under-privileged children around the world with the aim of letting them know they are not forgotten. Last year over 500,000 people from across the UK and Ireland got involved. Children and adults alike wrapped and packed around 1.12 million shoeboxes full of gifts and goodies which were then sent to disadvantaged children across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The College’s public services courses aim to give students an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for successful employment in the uniformed public services such as the armed forces, police and the various emergency services.