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Primary pupils donate presents to needy at Barking Salvation Army

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 December 2016

Children from Ripple Primary School handing over christmas present donations to the Salvation Army Centre

Children from Ripple Primary School handing over christmas present donations to the Salvation Army Centre

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Thoughtful youngsters took time out to think about the needy with a “reverse advent calendar”.

Rather than taking a free gift or chocolate during the advent period, pupils of Ripple Primary School in Suffolk Road, Barking, spent each day from December 3 to 15 contributing toys, books, and games for the borough’s poverty-stricken.

They joined their teachers in taking the donations to the Salvation Army in Ripple Road, Barking, just before Christmas.

“It’s important because this is the spirit of giving and not leaving people out who can’t afford it [Christmas],” family support worker Bibi Dookith said.

“Some people aren’t lucky enough to get a present at this time of year and it could happen to anyone in our community.”

Bibi said pupils were happy to support the Salvation Army, who handed the presents out over the Christmas period.

“We were very pleased and quite proud that the school could support them,” she added.

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