Pupils give a hand for needy children

Staxton shoeboxes'Youngsters from Hertford Vale School help load shoeboxes on a van.Pass the parcel as the youngsters form a human chain to move the boxes from the vicarage to the van.'Picture by Neil Silk  114514c
Staxton shoeboxes'Youngsters from Hertford Vale School help load shoeboxes on a van.Pass the parcel as the youngsters form a human chain to move the boxes from the vicarage to the van.'Picture by Neil Silk 114514c

CHILDREN at a local primary school played a slightly different game of pass the parcel which will see hundreds of presents land in Belarus and the Crimea in time for Christmas.

Staxton Tuesday Group took part in the annual Shoebox Campaign and once again requested the help of youngsters from Hertford Vale C of E Primary School to load up a van with 385 filled boxes.

Barabara Archer, a member of the local group, praised Mrs Hasler’s class for their efforts and added that it set a poignant reminder to them about the cause.

She said: “The children have helped us for several years to load the boxes and it was a great help to have them again this year.

“We’ve had nearly 400 boxes which have come from various people.

“There were a lot of presents so the children made a line from the vicarage to the van and pass them on. It was marvellous!

“These boxes go to very needy children, and the important thing is the children realise that every box represents a fortunate child who will receive the box.”

Mrs Archer added that the wrapping, filling and sending of the shoeboxes for the appeal had been a combined community effort with many people involved.

Each box contains a knitted hat, scarf and mittens which were made by local knitters, as well as a range of other items received from others.

She added: “A lot of elderly people who really enjoy knitting were so thankful to help the cause.

“Items were donated for the boxes from churches at Willerby, Folkton and Ganton, and individuals donated too.

“To provide enough is a big undertaking, but if everybody helps and gives a bit, it means a lot.

“It’s such a wonderful thing and the needy children receive the box directly from the charity.”