Shoeboxes for youngsters in need from Portsmouth pupils

CHARITY Milton Park Primary School pupils Ella-Mai Stafford, left, and Sydney-Rose Merrilees with their shoeboxes.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (114089-1)
CHARITY Milton Park Primary School pupils Ella-Mai Stafford, left, and Sydney-Rose Merrilees with their shoeboxes. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (114089-1)
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TOYS, teddy bears, games, clothes and toiletries will be among hundreds of gifts from schoolchildren to deprived youngsters this Christmas.

Kind-hearted pupils at Milton Park Primary packed 59 boxes with useful items to donate to the Shoebox Appeal.

The appeal is part of Samaritan’s Purse charity’s Operation Christmas Child.

They got behind the scheme after watching a film that showed children in need from Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia opening their shoeboxes.

Sydney-Rose Merrilees, eight, said: ‘I didn’t know that some children were so poor.

‘I would love to see their smile when they open my box.

‘I put toys in and pencils and a book, as well as a teddy bear and some toothpaste and toothbrush.

‘They will know it’s from me because I wrote a letter and put it in the box telling them all about me and my school.’

Deputy head Vanessa Dowse said: ‘The children have been very moved to realise that many children have lives that can be affected by wars, famine and poverty.’