Alix inspires students to back Christmas shoebox project

Barnsley College student Alix Beaumont has inspired fellow learners and staff to get involved in supporting Operation Christmas Child.

Alix, a former Darton College pupil who is studying Level 3 Childcare and Education, initiated a collective effort across the college’s Childcare and Education Professions department which saw students and staff work tirelessly to support the project.

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, run by Samaritan’s Purse. The project has been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, bringing joy into the lives of over 80 million underprivileged children.

17-year-old Alix, of Innovation Way, Wilthorpe, led the students and staff in creating over 50 shoeboxes filled with books, soap, socks and toiletries to go to children aged two to nine years.

Alix said: “I decided to get involved as students from the college have donated shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child in previous years and it is a great cause. It was rewarding to see all the boxes done and I was pleased that so many other students gave their time to get involved in the project.”

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Last updated: 15th December 2015

Originally posted on: 15th December 2015