Eastbury Community School pupils donate shoeboxes stuffed with gifts to Caribbean children

PUBLISHED: 12:22 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 26 November 2018

Eastbury Community School pupils donated about 200 shoeboxes for children in St Lucia and Dominica. Picture: LBBD

Eastbury Community School pupils donated about 200 shoeboxes for children in St Lucia and Dominica. Picture: LBBD


Pupils from Eastbury Community School have been spreading the festive spirit by sending presents to children in the Caribbean.

The children in Hulse Avenue, Barking, were asked to bring in shoeboxes stuffed with gifts to youngsters who may have never celebrated Christmas before.

Balls, clothes and colouring books were among the items wrapped and ready for opening in St. Lucia and Dominica on Christmas Day.

About 200 packages were donated in support of the Jermain Defoe Foundation Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Deputy headteacher Jeff Goy called the response from pupils and staff “quite overwhelming”.

“Our whole school community really supported this wonderful cause and we will do so again next year, knowing that it brings happiness to the young people of St. Lucia and Dominica,” he said.

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, the council’s spokeswoman for schools, added: “This is so heart-warming to see, and it is for a fantastic cause.”

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