Boxes of love from youngsters

West Boldon Primary taking part in Shoebox Appeal.

West Boldon Primary taking part in Shoebox Appeal.

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PUPILS are spreading some Christmas cheer after taking part in a shoebox appeal.

 Children from West Boldon Primary School, in Hindmarsh Drive, put together 121 boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal.

 The boxes, which include things such as hats, scarves, colouring books, toothbrushes, and soap, will be sent to less fortunate children in Eastern Europe, Africa and Central Asia.

 School administrator Christine Bingham said: “The boxes have been put together by the children and also their families and friends.

 “The children have put a lot of effort into the boxes, and were really interested to find out where they were going and who they were going to help.”

 She added: “The appeal has been an excellent success.

 “All the staff are really, really proud of the effort that the children have put in and taking part has really got everybody in the school in the Christmas spirit.

 “The appeal is a great way to teach the children how important it is to help others.”

 Last year, about 1.12million children from 14 countries across the world received a shoebox.

 To find out how to put together a shoebox go to www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk.