DOZENS of youngsters at a Stubbington school have been busy packing shoeboxes to support disadvantaged children during the Christmas period.
Eighty seven to 11-year-olds at Crofton Hammond Juniors rose to the challenge of the Rotary Club’s annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal in aid of less fortunate youngsters in Montenegro, Tanzania and Romania.
Cuddly toys, board games, toiletries and clothes were among the pickings that will help deprived children living in appalling conditions, in wooden shacks or even sewers.
And every child donated a pound to cover the cost of sending the packages to their destinations.
Linda Miatt, year three teachers and RE co-ordinator, said: ‘We are very fortunate in this country but there are times when we can give something of what we have back to others.
‘In assembly we played a video and showed photographs of children who received their shoeboxes last year which was very moving.
‘Our pupils have been so enthusiastic about the shoebox appeal because they appreciate just how tough it is for other youngsters in countries not that far away – and they know they can help.’