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Shoebox appeal spreads Christmas cheer

Published on 28/11/16

Kind-hearted students at Cromer Academy have filled over 150 shoeboxes with festive treats and essential supplies for less fortunate children in other countries.

Year 11 student Ellen Hedge reports on the school's Christmas charity appeal:

"This year at Cromer Academy, we have been fundraising for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal. As a school, we have collected filled and wrapped 168 boxes this year which were collected by the charity on Friday, November 18. These will now be checked in Norwich before being sent abroad to be distributed to children this Christmas.

"Samaritan's Purse is a Christian humanitarian organisation that provides aid to people in physical need. Samaritan’s Purse, through Operation Christmas Child, distribute shoeboxes to children living in refugee camps after they were forced to leave their homes by civil war. The shoeboxes are full of toys, sweets, toiletries and learning equipment - things we take for granted in this country.

"We have supported this charity for four out of the five years I have been at the school, during which time Cromer Academy have sent over 600 shoeboxes.

"I am personally very grateful to the businesses in Cromer and the surrounding areas for their support with our work, especially to Happy Feet of Cromer and Siddalls of Holt for saving shoeboxes, Morrisons, Cromer and The Range, Norwich for their £10 gift voucher, and Budgens, Cromer for the donation of a hat, scarf and gloves set. I would also like to thank all the pupils and their friends and families for their donations.

"The form at the Academy which collected the most boxes was 11 Reed, collecting an amazing 52 filled and wrapped boxes between them.

"Any items that were not able to be put in the shoeboxes have been donated to the Cromer Foodbank for Christmas hampers, a raffle to raise funds for the school production of Peter Pan early next year, and the About With Friends community shop in Cromer."