WOODLUPINE Primary School students in Forrestfield have been wrapping their special gifts for children overseas in a shoebox.
Christmas may still be several months away but the children at Woodlupine Primary School are already in the spirit of giving thanks to their annual Samaritans Purse Christmas in a Shoebox Appeal.
Many of the children may have never received a Christmas present had it not been for the generosity of the Woodlupine School community.
“We here at Woodlupine Primary, are proud to be a part of this very heartfelt and giving project,” said Project Co-ordinator and Woodlupine teacher Christine Morris.
“Christmas in a shoebox is about the school community pulling together small toys, hygiene items and school supplies for children in disadvantaged areas and boxing them up to be sent overseas.
“When you pack a shoebox for a child, you not only send them the joy that comes from receiving a gift, but also hope.”
The school has been supporting the program since 2013 and last year received an award from the Governor of Western Australia as part of the “Kids who give WA” initiative.
The school’s support group has extended to the wider community with The Helena Valley Lifestyle Village Craft group (donated 42 packed boxes this year) and The Helping Hands Before and After School Care joining in. The school P&C donated unsold uniforms to the appeal.
More than 90 boxes were donated this year with every class from kindergarten to Year giving boxes.
An open class was also held one hour a week for interested children to make puppets, necklaces, bracelets, puzzles and loom bands.
The items will be packed into shoeboxes and cartons and sent to a third world country.
“Thankyou for the support from our local MP Mr Nathan Morton, Members of the Helena Valley Lifestyle Village, Helping Hands After School Care, Woodlupine P&C, the school board and especially the wonderful children and families of Woodlupine Primary School,” Ms Morris said.