Children show their support for appeal

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Kind-hearted children and staff at Parkinson Lane CP School and the community of St Hilda’s Church worked hand in hand to create gifts for refugee families and needy children of the world.

Members of St Hilda’s congregation and the schoolchildren filled shoeboxes with gifts and useful items and wrapped them in festive Christmas paper.

It was an opportunity for Muslims and Christians in the local community to unite and show goodwill and understanding between faiths.

The two communities collected and filled 140 shoeboxes which were assembled as a six foot Christmas tree in the school hall.

The school also contributed shoeboxes to St Augustine’s Primary School to be delivered to Syrian refugee children in Halifax.

Charlotte Bartkiw of Parkinson Lane School said: “It was a huge success and the children at school were delighted to help.

The coming together and celebration of two faiths highlighted a common humanity and the message given in assembly was that no matter what is happening in the world today, children can rise above religion and politics and just simply care.”