PUPILS at Eskdale School are already working to brighten Christmas for disadvantaged pupils in Eastern Europe – some of whom have never been given a present before.
It is the 15th year the school has participated in the Christmas shoebox appeal – a project which sends gifts abroad.
Last year, more than 100 shoeboxes filled with toys, clothes and sweets were despatched from Eskdale and this year the school hopes there will be more.
As well as students, staff and parents filling boxes, organisers are appealing for members of the public to help them beat last year’s donation.
Boxes, complete with £2 taped to the lid to cover transport, should be dropped off at the school reception before 14 November or they can be collected by arrangement.
They must also state whether they are for a girl or a boy and what age they are suitable for.
Items to include are things like chocolate, pens, crayons, notepads, soap, toothbrush, soft toys, hat and gloves and items not to include are liquids, medicines and second-hand items.