Shoe-in for charity
MOSSMAN State High School students are setting a good example, by donating shoeboxes of gifts to needy children around the world.
Year eight students from the school were involved in the Operation Christmas Child, which is organised by Samaritan’s Purse.
Operation Christmas Child is a unique project that brings great news and joy to kids in need through a simple shoebox filled with gifts.
Shoeboxes filled with gifts such as toys, clothing, school equipment, teddy bears, toothbrushes and combs will be transported to kids in South-east Asia and the South Pacific.
Globally, over 100 million shoeboxes have been given to kids in more than 130 countries since 1993, opening up a world of life changing opportunities for a child, their families and their communities.
Year eight coordinator Greg Hamilton said he was ecstatic at the students participation.
‘‘This year, I set a challenge to see which form class could fill the most boxes. As year coordinator, I was overwhelmed by the students’ response,’’ he said.
‘‘Many Form teachers were coming to me in the days leading up to the judging to see if it was possible to get more boxes.
‘‘We had heaps of additional stuff that we couldn’t fit into our allocated boxes so we estimate we would have filled about 40 boxes.
‘‘Mossman State High School has a tradition of participating in this project.
‘‘Each year our year eights arrange toys or other useful items to donate to this cause.
‘‘The competition between classes was very close but it was decided that 8C had made the largest contribution.’’
Visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.au for more information or to be involved in this valuable service.