So much better than a secret Santa ...
Published on: 21 Dec 2016
STAFF at the Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill decided not to give each other Secret Santa gifts this Christmas.
But it certainly wasn't a case of bah humbug because instead they donated 22 shoe boxes to homeless charity Julian House.
Staff said they had got great satisfaction from knowing the shoe boxes would help men and women in need: “We were so pleased to do this and did it instead of giving each other secret Santa gifts.
"Putting the boxes together meant a lot to us and helped bring the whole staff team together knowing we were giving to people less fortunate than ourselves. When we were wrapping we had a conveyor system of putting the items into boxes, wrapping and decorating.
"A member of staff’s own children joined us on two occasions to help wrap and the children said it made them feel happy to help others too.”
Alexis Woodward, from Julian House, said “The staff have been really kind to put the shoe boxes together. They’ve all put a great deal of thought and effort into the boxes and the wrapping looks lovely. These shoe boxes have been taken to our night hostel in Bath and will mean a great deal to the men and women that are currently being supported though our emergency shelter.”
Julian House is a homeless charity that provides more than 20 different projects across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon which help rough sleepers and people that would otherwise be homeless. This includes a homeless shelter in Bath, various supported accommodation projects across the region and five social enterprises.