Arundel families give generously for underprivileged children this Christmas

Families in Arundel are busy filling shoeboxes with gifts for children in Eastern Europe this Christmas.

St Philip’s Catholic Primary School has again teamed up with Arundel Cathedral to bring a little joy to underprivileged children.

Each year, the school asks families to fill a shoebox with gifts like small toys, games, toiletries and chocolate, then decorate the box with Christmas paper.

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Head teacher Lucy Horne said: “The charity who organises it is Mustard Seed Relief Missions and they are based in East Sussex. The boxes are collected at school and then taken to join the other donations from the cathedral, where they are collected by the charity.

Children with some of the shoeboxes at St Philip’s Catholic Primary School in Arundel

“Our families are always very generous and we usually have more than 50 boxes to donate. This year, even with the challenging economy, has been no exception.

“As a school, it is a wonderful way for our children to witness and to participate in ‘love in action’. We often talk about a small act making a big difference and this is evidenced in this activity.”

The charity sends on average 30,000 boxes each year and each one is received by a child.

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