Kids take time to help world’s needy

Hills Gazette - - OPINION -

of sim­ple es­sen­tials to a child in a de­vel­op­ing coun­try.

“Through their acts of kind­ness and gen­eros­ity, the chil­dren are re­warded, know­ing they have helped to make a dif­fer­ence to a child some­where in the world who is in des­per­ate need,” she said.

“They are help­ing a child from any­where from Cam­bo­dia to Samoa, help­ing a child who has never re­ceived a gift be­fore, a child they will prob­a­bly never meet.”

Ms Mor­ris said every class­room had a large box for do­na­tions of pen­cils, small toys, tooth­brushes, soap, Tshirts, sewing kits, combs, tis­sue packs and balls through­out the year.

“Every stu­dent from prepri­mary to Year 6 has writ­ten a let­ter with a pic­ture of them­selves to be added to the boxes and on Thurs­day lunchtimes, I run a pop­u­lar open craft club where stu­dents make items for the boxes such as jig­saws, beaded bracelets and neck­laces, loom bands, fin­ger pup­pets, and crazy pen­cils,” she said.

Ms Mor­ris said this month the shoe­boxes would be handed over to Shoe­box House, ready to be dis­patched over­seas in Novem­ber.

“We have many sup­port­ive friends, staff and fam­i­lies at Wood­lupine and have ex­tended our net­work to in­clude vol­un­teers from the wider com­mu­nity like the Helena Val­ley Life­style Vil­lage, who this year made 40 boxes to add to our do­na­tions,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d474092

Teacher and co-or­di­na­tor Chris­tine Mor­ris with Jett Fer­gu­son, Ruby Wil­liams, Mar­cus Wilkin, Alice Clark and Amelia Quaram-Waud.

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