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Caring Gifts For MK's Homeless

Generous students at St Paul’s Catholic School have exceeded last year’s fundraising efforts and have donated more gifts and essential items than before to help homeless people in Milton Keynes. They donated a grand total of 120 gift-filled shoe boxes, as well as four large bags full of blankets, hats and gloves and food to local charity, Help Our Homeless MK. 

The Advent Term fundraising activity was organised by St Paul’s RE Department and took the form of a ‘reverse Advent calendar’ showing a list of items that pupils could sign up for and bring into school.  These included shoe boxes (to contain gifts), essential toiletries, clothing, treats and Christmas cards to write a message to the person who would receive the box.  Pupils could elect to bring a single item or even do a whole shoe box themselves.  The idea was to encourage pupils to think about giving what they can during Advent rather than focusing on the things that we receive. 

Laura Maw, Head of RE at St Paul’s, said:  “The aim of this initiative was to encourage pupils to think about giving what they can during Advent rather than focusing on the things that we receive.  We’re absolutely delighted and very grateful that our pupils, staff, friends and families have supported our fundraising so enthusiastically.” 

Special thanks go to our Sixth Form students who gave up much of their spare time to fill and wrap the shoe boxes.

Jackie from Help Our Homeless MK, a group of volunteers who have been supporting the homeless community since 2014, collected the shoe boxes. Commenting on the donations, Jackie said:  “St Paul’s has stepped up again and they are amazing.”  Alongside a Soup Run a few nights a week Help Our Homeless MK give out clothing, toiletries, bedding, and tents to the homeless.  They also have a shop unit on the Lakes estate where they store stock and are able to sell some donated items.

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