Over 100 shoeboxes packed with toys, toiletries, clothes and stationery are on their way to people living in poverty in Eastern Europe thanks to the generosity of students at City of Wolverhampton College.

Students studying for health and social care and early years qualifications have supported the Rotary Club’s national shoebox scheme by packing the special boxes with clothes and toys suitable for boys and girls of different ages, as well as household goods such as soap, toothpaste, pens and writing paper.

The boxes will be presented to Mike Boyce from the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton on Tuesday 29 November, following which they will be shipped to Eastern Europe and distributed to those who live in poverty, many of whom will have never received a gift before.

Jessica Hewitt, early years tutor, said: “Our early years students came up with the idea of supporting people less fortunate than themselves through the shoebox scheme and, as soon as they heard about it, the health and social care students offered to help too.

“They have spent the last few weeks collecting donations from family and friends and using their knowledge of child development and health to pack the boxes with items suitable for babies, toddlers, older children and teenagers and we are delighted with the number we have been able to produce.”


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