Last month, the NCS Changemakers, a group of young people aged between 16-18, who come together to turn their passions into action, worked together to raise money and purchase items for their shoe box appeal, in support of the Operation Christmas Child project, packaging up 65 shoeboxes in total.
They worked together to collect a range of items, along with donations from the local community, suitable for both boys and girls, aged between 2 and 14 years old.
Items included toys and small games, stationary items, hygiene supplies from soap to toothbrushes, clothing and accessories.
The group organised a ‘Santa’s grotto’ evening, where they worked together to wrap shoeboxes, package them up and prepare them ready for donating the following week.
Doncaster Rovers first team players, Luke Molyneux and Ollie Younger came along to the festive evening, to assist with the packing of the boxes, writing personal Christmas messages inside.
Speaking of the event, Luke said, “It’s a fantastic initiative that the Changemakers have got involved in, helping to put smiles on children’s faces this Christmas.
“I enjoyed coming down to the session and putting a few boxes together myself. It’s always great to be asked to be a part of these events and see what happens within The Foundation and the local community.”
Youth Engagement Manager, Hayley Barclay spoke of how proud she was of the group and the event. “I’m so incredibly proud of every one of these young people. Together they’ve prepared, wrapped and donated an amazing 65 boxes to the Samaritan’s Operation Christmas Child.
“What an amazing achievement and an excellent example of a youth led social action project with real impact.
“65 young people will now have a Christmas present to unwrap.”
A huge thank you to everyone who donated items and shoe boxes to help with the appeal, from the NCS Changemakers.