Children pack festive boxes for Africa
CHILDREN in Swaziland will receive shoe boxes full of presents from Cheltenham this Christmas.
Pupils and staff from St George's Centre, a special state school in Alstone for troubled children, will work together to raise money for presents for Africa's underprivileged children.
The presents will then be packaged in shoeboxes and wrapped up for children who would otherwise get nothing for Christmas.
The project, called Operation Christmas Child, is run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse International Relief.
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St George's Centre has paired up with St Barnabas Church in Cheltenham to package the presents.
Julie Hunt, lead teacher of the primary section of the centre and a special educational needs coordinator, said the programme would help their students understand the needs of others, despite having problems of their own.
She added: "Helping other people will help our own students develop empathy. A lot of people around the world have needs of their own.
"Charity and community are closely linked, and we wanted to be a part of that."
Items to go in the shoe box include toys and educational supplies. The centre is having a book sale today to raise funds.