Homeless and less fortunate set to benefit

Local kids keep festive message alive and well

By Ciara Quinn

THE Christmas spirit was shining brightly at local schools this week where thoughts were firmly on those in need. At St John the Baptist PS at Finaghy pupils were putting the finishing touches to hampers set for delivery to the Welcome Organisation which supports the homeless.

St John the Baptist chldren, with the help of teaching staff, pupils, and parents – as well as members of the local community – worked together to make up Christmas hampers filled with food and clothes for those who will be alone this Christmas.

P5 teacher Sarah Heatley said the children had worked extra hard this year making sure every hamper was filled. “We work closely with the Welcome Organisation every year and we always make up the Christmas hampers,” she said.

“The staff from the organisation are wonderful and always pay us a visit once a year to come up and collect the hampers. “Every pupil was asked to bring in an item of non-perishable food or clothes, toothpaste and other essential items. “We have a member of the community who knits clothes for the hampers every year and people really are so good at this time of year in remembering that there are others out there less fortunate.

” Generosity She added: “This year has been no exception in terms of people’s generosity and we would like to thank all those people who donated to our hamper appeal for 2012.” Meanwhile, pupils from St Mark’s Primary School in Twinbrook also handed over hampers to  this week for their Christmas collection appeal this year.

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