Shoeboxes will be winging their way to those in need in third world countries thanks to two separate schemes organised by students and community groups.
At Christ Church, Moreton Hall 605 shoeboexes were collected for the Samaritan’s Purse charity and these will be distributed to needy children in third world countries.
The boxes packed full of toys and other gifts were collected through local churches, pupils at Sebert Wood and Abbots Green schools and uniformed organisations.
This year the target was 350 boxes but in total 605 were collected ahead of a special Advent service on Sunday.
The Rev Jonathan Ford from Christ Church said: “I never expected we would do so well. The response from our community is overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who helped.”
Meanwhile students at Thurston Community College, who have formed an Amnesty International club, collected 146 shoeboxes for the Blythswood Care Shoe Box Appeal.
The boxes will be sent out to Serbia. Staff and students also raised £205 for postage costs,
Megan Reynard. English teacher, said: “I am extrenmely proud of the group for the hours they gave up to sort and wrap these boxes.”