STAFF and students at Solihull Sixth Form College have donated hundreds of pounds worth of food, games and toys to those less fortunate than themselves this Christmas.
Student development officer Moona Butt led this project with the Student Council, the Islamic Society and the wider student development team.
They decided this year’s Christmas Charity Appeal would benefit the Bethany Food Bank, Solihull Borough Council LAC (Looked After Children) team and the Child Asylum Team and Post-16 Team under Our Voice Our Services charities.
Staff and students were encouraged to give money or bring in donations of food, toiletries, games and toys and inspired, they gave a big hearted response.
In all £523 in cash was raised in just 10 days, backed by donations of food.
The money bought food and toys and at the end of term 20 large boxes of essentials plus treats that families might not usually be able to afford, were handed over.
In addition, four large boxes of toiletries and a huge selection of toys, puzzles, games, books and art and craft activities were donated for Christmas gifts for children in care.
Finally, 16 care packages for teenagers were put together, including toiletries, socks, gloves, face masks and treats.
Speaking with one voice, the student development team said: “Students wanted to raise awareness about the reasons for social inequality and why people use foodbanks, whilst doing something to help those less fortunate than themselves during the season of good will.”
Stacey Clifford, from the Child Asylum & 16+ Team, added: “You have no idea of the impact these wonderful gift packs will have on the young people who receive them.
“Not just the gifts, but the fact that Solihull Sixth Form College students have taken the time to think of them and the efforts they have put in for them.”