Kind-hearted chil­dren send ‘bags of love’ to young­sters in war zone

The Oban Times - - News -

PRI­MARY 2/3 at Lun­davra Pri­mary School is send­ing ‘ bags of love’ to refugees in Syria ‘to tell the chil­dren they are not for­got­ten’.

The young­sters, with the help of teacher and deputy head Katrina Kelly filled 20 bags with good­ies to send to Aleppo.

Each bag con­tained pen­cils and pa­per, ha­lal sweets, and cud­dly and out­door toys, which many of the chil­dren gen­er­ously do­nated them­selves.

The pupils each wrote a lit­tle note to the Syr­ian chil­dren which went in the bags along with coloured pic­tures.

Miss Kelly said: ‘We were quite over­whelmed by the re­sponse we had. We were hop­ing and ex­pect­ing to gather enough do­na­tions to make up five bags but we ended up with 20 and we also had things left over which we do­nated to lo­cal char­ity shops.

‘The class as a whole de­cided that they would do some­thing for the Syr­ian refugees. The chil­dren do en­ter­prise and so­cial en­ter­prise projects in which they made and sold things at our Christ­mas fair to raise money, but it was im­por­tant to give some­thing back.’

Miss Kelly added: ‘I found in­for­ma­tion about the Bags of Love pro­ject on Face­book from UK Ac­tion for Refugees. The money we made sell­ing things at the Christ­mas fair was used for buy­ing sweets, which had to be ha­lal. As you can imag­ine, it’s not easy to find ha­lal sweets in Fort Wil­liam, so we had to or­der them on­line.’

The class is still try­ing to find a lo­cal courier will­ing to col­lect the bags, which need to be sent to Corn­wall be­fore be­ing distributed to the Syr­ian chil­dren, the cost of which will be cov­ered by the money raised by the chil­dren as well.

The chil­dren are try­ing to find a lo­cal courier to take their do­na­tions to the col­lec­tion point.

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