We’ve been working hard at South and West Devon Academy, Dartington, putting together shoeboxes for children and teenagers in Moldova. I am delighted to report that we were able to collect enough gifts to fill 60 shoeboxes. We were donated another 10 from colleagues and friends. In total, we loaded 70 shoeboxes into our minibus and I dropped them off with Hugh Scudder, the founder of Christian Response to Eastern Europe (Registered charity 1062623). For such a small school, with only 25 students, this is a terrific achievement.
The charity brings relief to families in need in Romania and Moldova and, at Christmas, Hugh and his team distribute shoe boxes in Moldova for all ages, from babies to Grandparents.
Since September, I started to collect and wrap shoe boxes and gradually the students became involved. In October, I started to put posts on social media and groups in Totnes and Dartmouth, requesting donations for the shoeboxes. The response was overwhelming. Amongst the donations were a bag of stationery from Sainsbury’s in Dartmouth and 2 large packages of winter woollens sent from a friend in India.
The students were so supportive – helping me pack the boxes and keeping them safe in my classroom. I am very proud of their achievement. At SWDA, we continue to help our students develop into successful, confident and well-rounded young adults and projects like this are a key element of our community. We would thank you again for your generosity and wish you a very happy Christmas
Olivia Wilson-Egan, English Teacher