A TRIO of Morpeth schoolgirls led a collection to put a smile on the faces of Eastern European children.
Rhona Davison, Rebecca Freeman and Imogen Manion-Potts urged fellow pupils at Chantry Middle School and Technology College to bring in fun and useful items for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme.
They ordered 35 shoeboxes, which are larger than regular ones, and the excellent response meant they were able to fully pack each one.
Imogen said: “We put in as much as we could because the people who get the boxes are very poor and many of them are orphans.
“The items included toys, hats, scarves, toothbrushes, pens and notebooks and we had separate things to go in boxes for girls and boys such as sportswear and hair bobbles.”
The girls, all in Year 8, presented an assembly to ask students to do their bit and they also decorated each box.
Rebecca said: “We were very pleased with how many items our fellow pupils brought in and we had no problem filling the shoeboxes.
“In our research about the scheme we found out that just one item makes a big difference to these children, so it was good that we sent out lots of things.”
Rhona added: “We supported the Rotary Shoebox Scheme because it’s smaller than others and we felt it needed our help the most.
“Some of the children who get the boxes don’t even know what Christmas is and they really need our support.”