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Christmas wrap stars

07 December 2018

On Thursday 29 November, six Year 10 Charity Representatives went to the Birmingham City Mission to help with their annual toy appeal. Throughout November the Mission collects toys donated by the general public as part of their charitable giving work. The Mission provides 3,000 families in Birmingham, living in difficult circumstances, and who wouldn't otherwise receive presents, with sacks of toys at Christmas time. But the Mission needed some help in wrapping them all! 

The Year 10 girls were happy to accept the challenge and when they arrived they were talked through the very important present wrapping process. They each received a family profile so they knew a little bit about the children they were wrapping presents for. It was a humbling moment for all of us as this gave everyone an important moment of reflection about how important our volunteering work would be - these children are living in our local community and needed our support. The giving of our time, in this way, and through this challenge, to these children was very special indeed.

After an initial briefing the girls were let loose in their warehouse to collect an assortment of presents including a big gift, stocking fillers, activity packs, books and other goodies to fill the toy sacks. Then it was back to the wrapping tables to find wrapping paper, sellotape and scissors to make the gifts look as enticing as possible. 

Much fun was had as we wrapped an incredible 250 presents during the morning. The team at the Mission were amazed and have never had so many sacks of toys created in one morning! A big well done to Amna, Bethan, Eeesher, Freya, Hermione and Safa. And a big thank you to all of them for taking on the challenge and donating their time to do such fantastic work! We know that every single one of those children will be smiling on Christmas morning when they open the sacks of toys awaiting them...!

We would also like to say a big thank to Mr Wiggins for organising and accompanying us on the trip and EHS look forward to working with the Birmingham City Mission again in the future.

Miss O'Hare
 

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