Hebburn teenagers help spread festive cheer

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CHARITABLE teenagers are helping to spread a little festive cheer to deprived youngsters this Christmas time.

Pupils from Hebburn Comprehensive School have filled 131 shoeboxes with goodies for the Operation Christmas Child campaign.

The yearly appeal asks for people to donate items from toothbrushes to teddies which are gifted to deprived youngsters across Europe.

As well as filling shoeboxes, three Year nine girls set up a school shop – with the help of a grant from Key Your Potential Unlocked – selling items to fellow pupils which could be put into shoeboxes.

The trio raised £245, of which a portion has been donated to the appeal to help with transport costs. The remainder will be used to stock next year’s stall.

Meanwhile, a team of boys collected food for a local food bank by writing letters to parents, carers and staff asking them to make a donation.

A total of 20 boxes of food and more than 80 advent calenders were collected which have now been handed to representatives from South Tyneside Food Bank and from Hospitality and Hope.

Claire Sharp, head of religious education at the school said: “Rather than simply studying issues around poverty and the ways in which people can overcome it, these pupils wanted to make a difference.

“They grasped the opportunity to help those in need, this Christmas.

“We are all exceptionally proud of what they have achieved.”

For Children In Need, a group of Year nine boys ran a cake sale, raising £61 which was added to money raised from the sale of wristbands, together totalling £300.

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