AD­VENT TIME

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Pupils at a Cam­bus­lang school showed they knew the true mean­ing of Christ­mas by donat­ing ad­vent cal­en­ders to the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Food­bank.

Kids at James Ai­ton Pri­mary de­lighted staff with their gen­eros­ity in donat­ing 60 cal­en­ders so less well off chil­dren could ex­pe­ri­ence some of the magic of the sea­son.

The idea came about after a mem­ber of the Par­ent Coun­cil, Carol Ger­rard, spot­ted a Face­book post from co­me­dian, Ja­son Man­ford.

He was urg­ing peo­ple across the UK to give ad­vent cal­en­ders to food­banks to spread a lit­tle bit of Christ­mas cheer.

Carol and the rest of the Par­ent Coun­cil took the idea to the school, and they asked kids to bring in cal­en­ders to do­nate.

Another par­ent, Jen Scott, was in­stru­men­tal in spread­ing the word, but in a school with a rel­a­tively small roll, ev­ery­one has been amazed with just how many ad­vent cal­en­dars have been col­lected.

At the end of Novem­ber, food­bank man­ager Anne Marie Gra­ham popped along to the school to grate­fully re­ceive the do­na­tions.

Carol told the Re­former her own chil­dren, Shan­non- Marie ( 7) and Sophia (4), were so ex­cited about their own cal­en­dars and they wanted other chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence that.

She said: “Buy­ing an ad­vent cal­en­dar when you are be­ing stretched to the limit to put food on the ta­ble is at the bot­tom of many a par­ents’ lists.

“The school did a har­vest assem­bly a few months ago for the food­bank, so they were aware of it, although it’s hard ex­plain­ing to them that some fam­i­lies do not even have enough money for an ad­vent cal­en­dar.

“My kids ran down the stairs on De­cem­ber 1, it was like they had never seen choco­late in their lives!

“Christ­mas is not just about one day any­more. It’s the whole build-up to it as well, it could be dif­fi­cult for a child if all their friends have an ad­vent cal­en­dar and they don’t.”

Food­bank man­ager , Anne Marie Gra­ham re­vealed they had also re­ceived fes­tive good­ies from Theresa Don­nelly, of Over­ton Grange, who or­gan­ised a col­lec­tion amongst her neigh­bours.

Anne Marie said: “At the Food­bank we’re de­lighted with the re­sponse of so many peo­ple to the need in our area they have re­sponded with kind­ness and gen­eros­ity by open­ing up their hearts and shar­ing what they have with those who don’t have much, this after all is what Christ­mas is all about.”

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