Students take charity cause to their hearts

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Sixth formers from Furze Down School, in Winslow, have taken the charity Operation Christmas Child to their hearts.

The charity sends shoeboxes packed with gifts to children in eastern Europe who don’t receive any other Christmas presents.

On Wednesday, students joined volunteers from Little Horwood at a ‘mini warehouse’ in the village’s Memorial Hall.

Students filled 225 shoeboxes, using gift items donated by local people, which had been stored in a local garage ready to be packed, providing the youngsters with valuable work experience.

As well as wrapping and packing boxes, the sixth formers have used their interest in the charity to help their learning in many ways, including measuring and making notebooks to pack in the shoeboxes.

In addition to the contents, each shoebox costs Operation Christmas Child £2.50 to sent abroad. So students have also taken part in fundraising activities for the charity, such as cleaning shoes for school staff, colouring competitions, sponsored runs and flower raffles.

And on Wednesday, the students presented volunteers with a cheque for £200 for Operation Christmas Child.