As the rain outside continues to pour, students from The Maynard School in Exeter are spreading a little Christmas cheer to impoverished children and families in Moldova through the Christian Response to Eastern Europe’s shoebox appeal.
In total, an impressive 97 boxes have been generously donated to the cause from Maynard School families. All are individually wrapped and contain specially chosen gifts for these children and their parents who otherwise would have very little prospect of a Christmas present at all.
“We are thrilled that our girls have been so enthusiastic and supportive of this very worthwhile and charitable initiative. To the people in Moldova, the shoeboxes are very strong symbols of love and hope and evidence that people from other parts of the world do care,” said Mrs Wilks, the Deputy Head at The Maynard School.
“We have been supporting the shoebox appeal for a number of years but this is the best response we have ever had. I know the girls get a great deal of satisfaction from choosing appropriate gifts and wrapping them up. There is nothing like a bit of charitable giving at Christmas time to warm the heart and I’m just so proud of our students for backing the venture so wholeheartedly,” she added.
The shoeboxes will be trucked over to Moldova at the beginning of December and distributed through the charity to their intended recipients.
Hugh Scudder, the Charity Director, was thrilled to hear of such a positive response from The Maynard girls. “Imagine you are a child at one of our soup kitchens: It is Christmas and there is special food. Suddenly the door opens and someone comes in and starts to distribute Christmas boxes. Looking across the room you see your friends eagerly opening their beautifully wrapped boxes to expose some lovely things inside. Excitedly they show each other all the fabulous presents they have found and for a while all their hardships are washed away, replaced instead with happy smiles. It is this image that I would like to share with you.
“It is people such as all those at the Maynard School that enables this to happen and I cannot thank everyone enough!”