On the 21st November selected students joined Miss Martin in dropping off the shoeboxes donated to Holcombe at the Operation Christmas Child Warehouse in Tonbridge.
Miss Martin invited the students who had been helping her organise the shoeboxes donated to the Office as a thank you for their hard work in preparing the boxes. These students have dedicated a lot of time to the charity appeal – Thea Baker and George Atzev in particular were Operation Christmas Child heroes, spending a free period loading up the minibus with the boxes ready for the trip!
At the Warehouse, Students listened to a presentation about the appeal, which provided them with more information about these shoeboxes, which are collected in the millions every year to help children in over 100 countries. Students also learned about some of the relief work the Samaritan’s Purse charity, which runs the Operation Christmas Child Appeal, do. Students toured the Warehouse, seeing how the shoeboxes are carefully checked by volunteers in case of inappropriate items, taped up, repaired if broken and packed up ready to be sent off. Students then had a real treat – they were invited to join the volunteers in sorting the boxes. Students chose their desired roles – pre-inspector, inspector, taper, and packer – and began assisting. Miss Martin and Miss Best were thrilled all students got stuck in straight away. They did a fantastic job and were praised by the volunteers.
While at the Warehouse, our shoebox donations were counted and we were thrilled to hear we had donated 269 shoeboxes this year – a phenomenal number and an increase on the 110 we received last year. The 269 shoeboxes included donations from local schools, community groups, families and members of the public. We have also been informed that in addition to the shoeboxes, we were able to make a donation to the charity of £310.62
This was Holcombe Grammar School’s fifth year supporting the appeal and we were proud to be joining hundreds of other schools in giving small gifts of joy this Christmas to children in need around the world.