KIND-HEARTED Wearside youngsters have thrown themselves into fund-raising to help others.
Pupils at Sunderland High School are creating a massive coin snake up a staircase of Langham Tower in Mowbray Road.
Scott Pattison, marketing officer at the Ashbrooke school, said once the snake is complete, the cash will be donated to help the people of the Philippines suffering in the aftermath of Typhoon Hiayan.
He said: “Various events have been organised but the highlight is the coin snake.
“Slithering its way through individual rooms and up staircases, it will eventually reach the top of the school’s historic Langham Tower.
“So far the snake has stretched to a total of 1,442 coins and is still growing rapidly.”
Pupils at the school have also been busy filling shoeboxes with gifts for the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal.
Mr Pattison added: “Pupils have been bringing in decorated shoeboxes full of gifts for boys and girls in other parts of the world who would otherwise go without this Christmas.”
Among other schools which have joined in Operation Christmas Child, run by Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, is Holley Park Academy in Washington.
Glenda Wood, business manager at the Ayton Road school in Oxclose, said the children, staff and families had made a really special effort to support the event.
She said: “Samaritan’s Purse collected 122 shoe boxes from Holley Park Academy, filled with goods such as cuddly toys, comic books, pens pencils and colouring in books which will be distributed to children overseas.”
A team of volunteers in Sunderland is collecting the shoeboxes in Sunderland for the 23rd year running and are hoping to reach a target of 13,000 boxes again this year for needy children in Romania and the Ukraine.
Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project and internationally it exported its one millionth box last year.