IT’S ALL about the spirit of giving for the children of Great Alne Primary School in the run up to Christmas.
The school is supporting the Arden Foodbank – collecting provisions and small gifts for local families in need.
The school is running ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas Giving’ until December 19 – aappealing for donations of different items each day, from tinned goods or tea and coffee to nappies, toiletries and festive treats.
The school’s collection will then be delivered to the Arden Foodbank – which has centres in Alcester and Studley – in time for Christmas.
The project is being run by the Friends of Great Alne School PTA, with representatives from the Arden Foodbank also visiting the school to talk to pupils about their work, and to thank them for their support.
Kyla Brown, vice chair of the Friends of Great Alne PTA, said: “It’s the first year the Friends have run this project, and already we’re overwhelmed by the generosity of the children and their families.
“As a school and as parents, we are keen for the children to understand that Christmas is a difficult time for many families. We felt this was a really accessible way for our pupils to understand compassion for less fortunate members of our community, and to provide tangible help at a local level.’
“As well as donating the food provisions which the Foodbank currently needs most, there is also one of the Twelve Days where we’re asking for small wrapped gifts – a little token which can make a big difference to a child on Christmas morning.”
Arden Foodbank’s Susan Kinnersley visited the school to say thank you to everyone for their efforts and to lead an assembly, explaining exactly where the donations go and the good they do.
She said: “I am profoundly thankful and grateful to Great Alne School for its wonderful donations – and there’s still more to come!
“These items will make a huge difference to many local people this Christmas.”