Lessons on generosity benefit foodbank

December 22 2021

Pucklechurch Primary School’s equities crew hand over the Christmas donations to North Bristol Foodbank representative Steve Riches

Pucklechurch Primary School’s equities crew hand over the Christmas donations to North Bristol Foodbank representative Steve Riches

CHILDREN at Pucklechurch Primary School know Christmas is about giving as well as receiving.
Pupils at the school collected hundreds of donations for food parcels to help people in crisis.
The school made a special collection for the North Bristol Foodbank’s reverse advent calendar, which encouraged people to donate 24 different items for Christmas parcels over the 24 days leading up to the beginning of December.
The collection was done during November to make sure parcels could be made up and given to people who needed them in good time.
Items on the list ranged from soap, tinned potatoes and longlife milk to Christmas puddings, napkins and chocolates.
Pupils brought in around 30 large bags of donations with up to 400 donations from the 200-pupil school.
Year 4 teacher Gemma Jones, who organised the collection, said: “Each term our learning is centred around one of our school Christian values, and this term was ‘generosity’.
“What better way for the children to learn about being generous than to experience it first hand?
“We always have a box in our foyer for the North Bristol Foodbank throughout the year, so knew that our Pucklechurch families were already generous, but we did not anticipate the overwhelming response to the advent calendar idea.
“We even had to move the bags of donations out of the office to another room, as they had started to take over!
“We have an equities crew at school who were keen to get involved, to ensure that everyone got the Christmas they deserved.”