Over 200 boxes for charity

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Over 200 boxes for charity

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Pupils at Exeter School have made a big difference by contributing to Christian Response to Eastern Europe’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The boxes, which have been put together by pupils from Form One right up to the Upper Sixth, will be heading to Moldova over the weekend where they will be sorted and given to people in need of all ages, especially children, at the charity’s soup kitchens.

The response to this appeal has been fantastic and pupils have enjoyed deciding what to put into their boxes, imagining how they might be received. Parents have commented on how lovely it has been to see their children animated by trying to do something positive at Christmas and what a worthwhile lesson in kindness it has been. The boxes have been filled with a huge array of different items to bring Christmas joy to those who have so little: sweets, toys, pens, pencils, cuddly toys, toothbrushes, soap, woolly hats – and many other things.

Each form in the Junior School has contributed at least one box and many classes in the Senior School have, too. Particular mention should be made of 4B who, with the help of Mr Chitnavis produced a form’s worth of boxes. Encouraged by Head of House Mr Willson, Goff House has also made a very significant response to the appeal and has put together over 50 boxes. In all Exeter School has sent over 200 boxes to the charity.

Revd Tom said: “When Hugh Scudder from Christian Response to Eastern Europe spoke to us in Chapel, many of us were very moved. It helped us to reflect on how much we have that we take for granted.

“When you look at the pictures of joy in the faces of the children who receive these items in a small shoebox it is humbling. I am really pleased with the response to this appeal and hugely grateful for all who have given time and money to contribute.”