Children at Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster have been busy selecting gifts and packing shoebox presents as part of this year’s national Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal (1st to 18th November.
Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “We discussed with the children about how lucky we are and that sadly there are children around the world that aren't so lucky and won't receive any presents at Christmas time.
“We also talked to them about the kind of things they might need to help them stay healthy, such as having soap and a flannel, toothbrush and paste, a warm hat and gloves and also other things that they might like, such as a soft toy to cuddle, pens, crayons and paper to write and draw with, and toys to play with like cars and building blocks.”
The children chose if their box would be for a girl or boy and what items they would to put in to it. They were also encouraged to use their creative skills when it came to decorating their boxes and choosing the presents to go inside, which all helps in stimulating self-expression and building personal confidence.
Three shoeboxes were made, one from each class, and involved every nursery child, with items reflecting the type of things the children liked and they even asked nursery staff if it was ‘OK’ to add sweets to their shoebox so the children could have a treat!
Miss Carter added: “With all the wrapping paper and finished presents now in the nursery the children are rather excited and have thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas wrapping experience.”
Running since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has provided simple shoebox presents for more than 124 million boys and girls in over 150 countries. Little Trinity Nursery so far have 36 shoeboxes ready to be donated to the appeal.