From Upton with love... kids spread present joy far and wide

Upton Primary school make hundreds of shoebox presents for the christmas appeal.'Picture shows pupil Maddison Smith with some of the shoeboxes.'h329a247
Upton Primary school make hundreds of shoebox presents for the christmas appeal.'Picture shows pupil Maddison Smith with some of the shoeboxes.'h329a247

THOUGHTFUL children at Upton Primary School filled shoeboxes full of gifts to help spread Christmas joy across the world.

The youngsters made more than 110 boxes which will be sent across Africa, Asia and Europe as part of Operation Christmas Child ran by charity Samaritan’s Purse.

The boxes were filled with toys, gifts, books and sweets to bring the Christmas spirit to those living in poverty.

Year six teacher Olwyn Biddles said: “The children have really loved it and it’s nice to see them giving.

“We also had an assembly and showed them a video of where the boxes go and we talk to them about it because it’s important they understand.”

The children brought empty shoeboxes and each filled them with different items and labelled them up for either a boy or a girl.

They were then collected by the charity and will be delivered across the world in time for Christmas.

Mrs Biddles added: “We’ve had more than 110 boxes sent away which is brilliant and everyone seemed to enjoy doing them.”

Last year the scheme saw more than a million shoeboxes made nationally and sent to 14 countries including Belarus, Haiti and Kenya.