Pocket money do­na­tion

Pupils give to needy

East Kilbride News - - POVERTY - An­drea Lam­brou

Self­less sib­lings from an East Kil­bride pri­mary school gave up their pocket money to help feed the town’s needy.

While learn­ing about food poverty at Maxwell­ton Pri­mary, Char­lotte, 8, Michael, 6, and fiveyear-old Danielle McLean were as­ton­ished to hear that many chil­dren in East Kil­bride go hun­gry.

The Calder­wood kids clubbed to­gether and vowed to use their pocket money for the greater good and, with the help of their mum, Ni­cola Hay­ward, do­nated five shop­ping bags full of food to East Kil­bride Com­mu­nity Food Bank.

Their ad­mirable act of kind­ness was repli­cated by pri­mary four pupils who were also in­spired to make dona­tions to the char­ity group as part of a class topic.

Head teacher Jill Laing ex­plained: “Our P4s are lead­ing the way and in­spir­ing ev­ery­one to make a tiny sac­ri­fice for those in need.

“The chil­dren are learn­ing about where food comes from and the so­cial im­pact of food poverty.

“They have been mak­ing bread and soup bags for se­nior ci­ti­zens and col­lect­ing for our lo­cal food bank.

“Karen Dor­nan from East Kil­bride Com­mu­nity Food Bank at­tended our Har­vest assem­bly on Thurs­day and re­ally cap­tured the hearts and minds of the kids, high­light­ing how all food banks in East Kil­bride are strug­gling.

“And after read­ing the East Kil­bride News front page about the Loaves & Fishes and how in need they are, the McLean fam­ily gave up their pocket money and went to their lo­cal su­per­mar­ket to buy food dona­tions.

“That fam­ily showed us that one in­di­vid­ual sac­ri­fice can do so much and make all the dif­fer­ence.”

Great ef­fort Char­lotte, Michael and Danielle McLean and mum Ni­cola Hay­ward with food col­lected

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