Reaseheath College students and staff have been helping to spread the festive spirit by filling shoeboxes with gifts and treats for Operation Christmas Child.

Students and staff  rallied together and packed 64 shoeboxes, which were delivered to the Nantwich Operation Christmas Child distribution centre, by our College Chaplin, Drew Walker. A particularly commendable effort was made by our animal management department who donated enough essentials to fill 40 boxes for the charity. Level 2 Extended Certificate and Level 2 ‘top up’ animal care students coordinated the department’s donations and had a great time organising and sorting items ready for collection.

Organised by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal encourages volunteers to fill empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and other useful items to donate to children across the world living in challenging circumstances. The charity has brought Christmas cheer to over 100 million children in over 130 countries since its establishment in 1990.

Said Drew: “Over the past 4 years’ donations from Reaseheath students and staff have helped changed the lives of nearly 300 children through supporting Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox appeal. It’s a real privilege to be part of such a worthy cause.”