There will be children across the world that will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the generosity of Bournemouth students.
The caring students from Oak Academy came together to fill 147 boxes full of festive goodies.
Those boxes are now being flown across the world as part of the Samaritans’ Purse campaign to provide hope to children in desperate situations.
The parcels will go to countries from Eastern Europe to as far as Africa.
Principal of the Oak Academy, Richard Burgas, said: “We were delighted to support the annual Samaritans’ Purse shoebox appeal which sends gifts and essentials to children across the world.
“Our students responded brilliantly to the campaign and have been very generous in their donations.
“We are very proud of their efforts and that thanks to them there will be children across the world, many of whom are living in desperate situations, receiving a gift this Christmas.”
The Oak students joined together in tutor groups, with friends and at home to produce the Christmas boxes.
Oak’s Year 12 Health and Social Care students were then responsible for collecting and checking the boxes.
One of those students, Rebecca Phillips, explained how she felt motivated to help others less fortunate.
She said: “We often take for granted the presents we receive at Christmas, the food on our tables and the family we have to share it all with.
“Taking part in this campaign brings home that not everyone is as fortunate as us and it’s wonderful to help a child somewhere in the world on Christmas Day.”
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