Christmas spirit delivered in a shoebox

St Matthew's School, Cornubia

Santa’s little helpers at work delivering Christmas cheer to elderly residents

​​​STUDENTS at St Matthew's School, Cornubia, delivered some early Christmas cheer to residents at a local aged care facility when they presented them with an​ early Christmas gift.

The students delivered a decorated shoe box filled with gifts of cards, letters, poetry and special items to each resident living at Infin8 Care.

The schools’ “Shoe Box of Love” project grew out of a Year 4 Formation Day when students discussed ways in which they might help the wider community.

The students knew younger children and families who attended the school’s Village hub had made some connections with a local aged care facility and had visited a few times.

A Year 4 student proposed the idea of delivering a Shoe Box of Love to these residents.

Students involved in the Catholic Identity Crew took it on as a project and with the logistical support of Year 3 Green they made it happen.

Every class in the school adopted one of the residents and filled a decorated shoe box with gifts of cards, letters, poetry and special items.

The children then delivered the shoe boxes to each resident.

St Matthew's Principal, Tim Stinson, said the students arrived at the aged care facility for a special morning filled with laughter, smiles and even some happy tears.

“The experience of giving to the small community who live together was something truly delightful for not just the children who delivered the gifts but to all the children in the school.

“It was amazing to witness all the joy they helped create,” he said.

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