For the sixth year, we once again joined thousands of other schools in supporting Operation Christmas Child run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. We also launched the appeal through ParentPay to allow for monetary donations to be made.
Since we have been involved with this project, students and staff have donated almost 900 Christmas shoeboxes. Last year alone we were able to send 269 shoeboxes and raised £310.62 towards the shipping costs of each present. To maintain a Covid-safe environment, we only collected shoeboxes between Monday 9th and Friday 13th November and we asked only for completed boxes this year.
On Monday 16th November, we were able to hand over a total of 92 shoeboxes to the charity, a number Holcombe should be very proud of considering the current situation. These were donated from our generous school community and links with Boxley Church in Maidstone, Chalk Church and St Peter and St Paul Church in Shorne. Even more impressive is that we have also raised £620 via voluntary ParentPay donations from generous parents and carers. These donations will be used by the charity to cover the cost of shipping these boxes to children around the world.
For more information about the project, or Samaritan’s Purse, please visit: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk.
Thank you to Miss Martin for all of her work in overseeing another successful Shoebox Appeal at Holcombe, which will no doubt provide many children with a little gift of joy this Christmas.
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