During our SPHE lessons in the run up to Christmas we have been talking about how lucky and fortunate we are compared to other children in our county, country and world. We've talked about how lucky we are to have warm, clean clothes, nice houses and loving families. We have talked about how some children don't have any of these things.
When Ryan Tubridy mentioned on the Toy Show the boys and girls who will be spending Christmas in hotels this year due to the housing crisis, this got us thinking. We decided as a class we wanted to do something.
During the week the children made good deed advent calendars which they are going to try to follow for the month so that they can do good things at home and around school. Then Miss Daffy came up with the idea of joining Saint Vincent dePaul's food appeal by making a class hamper to help our wider community.
In class we looked up the Saint Vincent dePaul website and found out what the guidelines for our hamper are.
We found out that all food items need to be non-perishable and have an expiry date well into 2017.
The types of food which Saint Vincent de Paul are looking for are the following:
TreatsChristmas Cake / Pudding
Christmas Selection boxes
Box of Christmas crackers
Festive Table napkins
Tinned Fruit eg. fruit cocktail
Packet / Tinned Soup
Tinned Spaghetti Baked Beans
Tinned Tuna / Fish
Tea and Coffee
Cereals & Carbohydrates
Breakfast Cereals Muesli
We talked as a class and decided there is no pressure on anyone to bring anything in but if anybody would like to, Miss Daffy will leave a box at the end of the classroom where any of these items can be put. Once the box is full, Miss Daffy will deliver the box to Saint Vincent de Paul on behalf of the class and hopefully we can help some other children to have as good a Christmas as we know we will have!
If you would like to read up more on Saint Vincent de Paul here is a link to their website https://www.svp.ie