Moate CS Annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The Student Care Team in Moate Community School have been working very hard over the last few weeks. Each year the school contributes to the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal, which aims to give African, Syrian and Eastern European children a Christmas to remember. Some members of the Student Care Team first gave a talk and presentation to each class reminding them of how privileged we are in Ireland, and why it’s so important to give the gift of joy and hope to someone less fortunate. After the mid-term break, the shoeboxes started arriving from staff and students. The Student Care Team then checked through the boxes to ensure each had suitable gifts for its age group and €4 to post the box. Each box was wrapped and finally they were all stacked, ready to be shipped thousands of miles away. The importance of this appeal is huge. While donating money to a charitable cause is a great thing to do, many would argue that packing a shoebox full of lovingly selected items is a far more significant action. It has the personal touch that a cash donation simply doesn’t. In the end, the staff and students of Moate Community School donated over one hundred Christmas shoeboxes to Team Hope, meaning over one hundred less privileged boys and girls will receive a gift this Christmas that they otherwise would not have. The Student Care Team thanks everyone who contributed in any way, shape or form to the appeal. Without your generosity this project simply wouldn’t have been possible.