Students launch Christmas Shoebox Appeal

NQ Administration and IT students have launched their Christmas Shoebox Appeal campaign for Samaritan’s Purse, which sends essentials and toys to children living in poverty.

The class are encouraging students to donate generously to the cause – donating gifts and essentials for children to open at Christmas.

Items can include toys, school supplies, hygiene items, small items of clothing (e.g. hats, gloves, scarves, socks), accessories and (non-chocolate) sweets with a sell-by date of before March 2018.

These can be donated to the Learner Engagement Team, Students’ Association or Reception at each campus. Flatpack boxes and ideas of what to pack are available from Learner Engagement. The NQ Administration and IT class will pack and check all shoeboxes before handing them over to the organisation. 

The deadline for handing in donations will be Friday 1 December 2017.

Your donations will be a welcome addition to the class’s existing fundraising efforts, which includes one student, Aimee Connelly, 26, completing the Great Scottish Run, held in Glasgow in September, to raise money for the appeal – raising £220!

Lecturer Beatrice Soutar, said: “Classes at our Cumbernauld Campus have chosen this appeal as their class event for a number of years.

“This year's group aim to make it the best year ever, sending as many boxes and donations as possible.

“We rely on the ongoing generosity of staff and students of New College Lanarkshire, and hope that as many people as possible get involved with this fantastic project to help bring happiness to children around the world who do not normally receive anything on Christmas Day.”

The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal has resulted in over 124 million shoeboxes being sent to children since 1990.

Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Cumbernauld Campus is also a drop-off centre for donations from the local community.

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