Eastleigh College students donated nearly 70 gift-filled shoeboxes to the Samaritans, Operation Christmas Child, appeal this year. Students from Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care and Childcare courses have been learning about the appeal as part of their tutorial lessons, including taking part in discussions on children from other countries and understanding the needs of those who are not as fortunate as themselves.
Students spent the past few weeks working in groups to make the shoebox gifts. This included deciding on the gender and age of the child they wish to prepare the box for, and then deciding on the items they wanted to give. The shoeboxes were packed with various gifts such as: toothbrushes, toys, pens, gloves, scarves, jewellery and cuddly toys.
Katie Hills, a Level 2 Hairdressing student said:
“It’s been a really fun activity, and we all feel it’s nice to do something for others who are not as fortunate as we are.”
Operation Christmas Child has grown to become the largest Christmas shoebox appeal in the UK, and Eastleigh College students enjoy creating and donating the shoeboxes every year.
Kelly Small, Hair and Beauty Lecturer at Eastleigh College added:
“We have been donating the shoeboxes for a number of years now, and it’s an activity the students always enjoy and are enthusiastic about. It helps build on various skills such as planning, organising and working in teams.”
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