A REPRESENTATIVE from Operation Christmas Child visited Jellybabies Nursery to speak to the children and parents about the work of the shoebox appeal.
Mary Rodgers talked about some of the children who had received shoeboxes in the past and showed large photographs of them with their gifts.
She also spoke to the Jellybabies’ youngsters about how they would feel if they did not have any toys and helped them make games, pack stationary bags and toiletry bags which will all go in shoeboxes for children in need.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a scheme run by Samaritan’s Purse.
The box is filled with gifts and useful items before being wrapped and sent to underprivileged children worldwide.
Since 1990 more than 157million children in over 160 countries have experienced the joy of receiving a shoebox packed with toys, toiletries and sweets.
Jacqueline Walker, from Jellybabies Nursey and Pre-School, said: “It was lovely to see the parents involved helping their child with the activities.
“This was a very informative and fun way for the children to learn about how they can help children less fortunate than themselves and about the wider world.”
Following Mary’s visit, children have been collecting items and packing their own shoeboxes with toys, toiletries, games and stationary with their families.
They have also been learning about youngsters less fortunate through their Children In Need activities.
Jacqueline added: “This was a great learning experience for the children to learn about the needs of others.”