Gift of goodwill will bring Christmas cheer to poor children across globe

GENEROUS Sue Woodehouse from Glenwood with pupils Callum Dinham, Jordan Bedford, Lily Mazas, Shirley Varnish (President of The Rotary Club of Havant), Toby Dawe, Harry Kemp and Kyle Osborne with Caroline Fisk, front right

GENEROUS Sue Woodehouse from Glenwood with pupils Callum Dinham, Jordan Bedford, Lily Mazas, Shirley Varnish (President of The Rotary Club of Havant), Toby Dawe, Harry Kemp and Kyle Osborne with Caroline Fisk, front right

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BIG-hearted youngsters are helping children less fortunate than themselves by sending them dozens of shoe boxes filled with goodies.

Scores of toys, toiletries and stationery items have been sent across the globe thanks to the sterling efforts of children at Emsworth Primary School and Glenwood School.

The shoe boxes were handed over to Shirley Varnish, the president of Havant Rotary Club.

The donations will be give children in Montenegro, Tanzania, Romania and the Philippines as a surprise for Christmas.

Caroline Fisk, who has helped to organise the donations, said: ‘The Christmas shoe boxes will be transported, with many from other local schools, and be given to children in this year as a little gift to enjoy and show that we are thinking of them at the festive time.’

Mrs Varnish said: ‘They go to the very poorest in these communities. Most of the recipients will never, ever have had a present in their lives.

‘If you see a film of the children opening the boxes, they are really excited. A couple of minutes later they are sad.

‘Guess why? Because they think they have to give it all back. They don’t understand it’s theirs to keep. We encourage children to put in a little card saying Happy Christmas.’

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