Pupils, parents and teachers from Walvis Bay Private School ensured that they warmed the hearts of those in the surrounding community for the festive season, when they teamed up to initiate a food and a toy drive.
They started with collecting non-perishable food which was a surprise handover to the school’s general workers to enable them to enjoy a carefree festive season.
“Providing food is a tangible way to express gratitude and appreciation for your employees’ hard work and dedication throughout the year. It shows that our school community recognises and values their contributions. Having food during the holiday season can be especially meaningful for those who may face financial challenges or stress during this time of the year. Donating food during the Christmas season can be a powerful way to show appreciation, contribute to the overall well-being and happiness of your employees and embody the love of Christ,” says school marketer Zea van der Heijden.
The care packages were distributed during the school’s annual nativity play, during which the school community thanked the general workers for a year of dedication.
The campaign was launched by the school’s senior secondary head of department, Chrissie van Dyk.
One of the employees, Martha Eibes, spoke on behalf of her colleagues with tears in her eyes.
“We thank every parent and learner who were willing to extend an open hand towards this initiative. It means so much to our families and we feel loved and cared for.”
The school continued its campaign by surprising the children of the Walvis Bay Sunshine Centre, which takes care of children with disabilities , with gifts of toys for Christmas.
The initiative was the brainchild of Lorato Onesmus and senior prefects from the school who collected 105 different toys.
Our prefects wrapped all donations in order to allow each child the joy of unwrapping their gift.
Van der Heijden said donating to children’s homes is a way to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children who may be in need of care and support.
“Supporting children’s homes fosters a sense of community responsibility. It sends a message that society cares for its most vulnerable members and is willing to contribute to their well-being. Donations of that kind could support programmes and services that address their mental and emotional well-being.
“What a special moment it was. Nothing brings a smile to a child’s face better than a personal toy they can call their own,” she says.
Helping in various ways, whether through financial contributions, in-kind donations, or volunteering time, contribute to creating a more nurturing and supportive environment for the differently abled children to thrive, she says.
“Children’s homes often care for children who may lack basic necessities. Donations can help ensure that children have access to essential items. Children in residential care may have experienced trauma or challenging situations,” says Van der Heijden.
The school community encouraged the rest of the Walvis Bay community and the entire country to join in the joy of giving.
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