Successful Shoe Box Appeal for Eastern Europe

Over the course of the past two weeks Tonbridge Grammar School has taken part in the Shoe Box Appeal run by Link to Hope, a charity based in Worthing dedicated to rebuilding lives and communities in Eastern Europe by supporting Education and Social Care projects in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria. It involved us wrapping and filling shoe boxes with stationery, toiletries, small toys, mini musical instruments, sweets and some clothes. These boxes are being sent to children who are being affected by war and poverty in areas in Eastern Europe, many are refugees. These boxes will be their only present this Christmas and it will give them an immense amount of hope and show these children how we are thinking of them.

This project was a great opportunity to work together towards our goal of putting together 29 shoeboxes (one per person in our Learning Community!). We organised for as many people as possible to bring in shoe boxes. There were people that asked their parents to send emails out at work and contribute items to bring in, as well as people who went into town on frequent occasions to purchase extra wrapping paper, sweets and other box fillers. We also made bracelets for some of the girls. Each lunchtime we spent wrapping and packing boxes and by our deadline of last Friday morning we had managed to collect 56 full shoe boxes! We are so proud to know we are going to have a huge impact on the Christmas of 56 children in war stricken countries!

Overall as a school, we managed to collect just over 400 boxes. We also invited Woodlands Primary School in Tonbridge to participate, and they collected nearly 150 boxes. A fantastic joint effort by all, that will help to bring some cheer this winter.

Article written by Alex, Year 10