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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School ‘Faith in Education’

Overwhelming Generosity

During the season of Advent as we lit each candle on our Advent wreath we thought about Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  As a school community we recognised the many blessings we have in our lives and wanted to do something to help those less fortunate than ourselves.   We decided to run a raffle and take a collection at the end of our Christmas performances in order to raise money to support our local Salvation Army in ensuring that people in our locality who are homeless or alone have a warm place to spend the day and a tasty Christmas dinner.

Our families were incredibly generous in their support of this and we raised £902.35.  Major Ashton from North Shields Salvation Army came to school where two of our children presented him with a cheque.  He explained to the children how this would help informing us that they have provided over 400 present packs for children and are anticipating the largest attendance ever at their Christmas dinner.  He was overwhelmed by our school community's generosity and asked the children to pass on his thanks.