One Southampton primary school has counted down to Christmas by giving daily gifts to a city charity.
In its very own ‘reverse’ advent calendar, the youngsters of Kanes Hill Primary School have been bringing in a daily gift for Southampton City Mission.
Each class was given a hamper to fill within a time frame of 14 days and every day someone in the class would bring in an item of non-perishable food to donate.
Headtacher Kirsten Buist, said: “The response from our children and parents has been phenomenal – they have really embraced this real spirit of Christmas.
“We supported Southampton City Mission at our harvest festival and when our assistant headteacher Katie O’Grady heard that the charity was a victim of fraud last month she organised this reverse advent so we could help them again.
“It is a valuable lesson for us all that not all of us our fortunate and Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for some families. I’m glad we’ve been able to do our small bit to help in this way.”
Southampton City Mission has been providing emergency food and clothes to local families in need for 22 years.
This year the charity said it has seen a large increase in demand and is 20% busier than this time last year.
Through its five food banks, the charity is serving more than 800 people every month and by the end of this year estimates it will have served people between 9,500 and 10,000 times.
Dave Osborne, Southampton City Mission’s service bank manager, said: “We are very grateful for the food donations received; it will enable us to continue to helping those facing difficult and uncertain times.
“We’d like to say a sincere thank you to the Kanes Hill children and their families for donating and the school staff who organised and helped facilitate the collection.”
Anyone who would like to make donations of food, clothing or finance to Southampton City Mission can find out how by going to www.southamptoncitymission.co.uk
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