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Students at Rauceby Primary School fill gift shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

THINKING OF THE LESS FORTUNATE:Pupils at Rauceby Primary School with their filled shoeboxes on Friday.

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PUPILS at a village school have been taking time to think about the less fortunate at Christmas time.

Students at Rauceby Primary School each gathered together a variety of different gifts to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

The children flocked excitedly clutching their gift wrapped shoe-boxes and explained that they contained all sorts of gifts including hats, gloves, toys and stationary and each had a note on them to say whether they were for a boy or a girl.

Teaching assistant Rachael Hide said: "We've been taking part in this appeal for the last two years and I think it's for a really good cause.

"We like to make the children understand that when they are opening their presents on Christmas morning there are children out there who are not as fortunate as them.

"The children had a guest speaker who came in to explain all about the appeal and they seemed to find it quite eye-opening hearing about how other children live."

Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest children's Christmas project, run by the charity Samaritan's Purse.

The organisation has been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990 to disadvantaged children in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The shoeboxes were collected on Monday and will be sent off by the charity.

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  • MagicJohnson  |  November 15 2012, 8:13AM

    Whilst I think it is great that the school and pupils want to give to charity and think outside their community, I wonder how much they know of the evangelical nature of the organisation Samaritans Purse, that run scheme. In particularthe pressure they put on recipients to convert to Christianity in return for aid. The literature I have seen from my daughter's school certainly makes no mention of it, which is completely different from how they promote themselves in the USA. As I say, I applaud the pupils for doing this, but I think the school should be more careful in which organisations they choose to support.

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