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Hellesdon youngsters send off Christmas gifts to Serbia

PUBLISHED: 09:24 06 December 2011

L-R Cristina McCartin, Robbie Ashwell, Harley Scotter, Emilia Perni, Brandon Barrow, Ruby Hume

L-R Cristina McCartin, Robbie Ashwell, Harley Scotter, Emilia Perni, Brandon Barrow, Ruby Hume

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A group of youngsters from a Norwich pre-school have helped to make Christmas special for children living thousands of miles away in Serbia.

Pupils at Hellesdon pre-school in Kinsale Avenue helped to pack 24 boxes which will be sent to children living in Novi Sad as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal.

The children, aged between three and four, filled the boxes with soap, sponges, toothbrushes, toys, colouring pencils and notebooks.

Pre-school manager, June Wilson, said: “It was a record number of boxes for us.

“We did it last year and had about 13.

“We will definitely do it again next year.”

Some children created boxes at home with their parents while others worked together in class.

Mrs Wilson added: “They did it as part of circle time.

“We asked them to all pick one item to put in the box and talked about the toys they had at home and the toys the children had where the shoe boxes were going.

“A lot of parents also explained the reason behind the boxes to them. We are really grateful to the parents.

“We had already had a fantastic response to children in need and had raised nearly £500.

“We really appreciate their support, especially when times are tough.”

Is your school doing something for charity? Contact reporter Lucy Wright on 01603 772495 or email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk

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