Caring pupils hand over gifts

St josephs Primary, kids giving presents to "with kids" charity. Kids from p1-p7'Emma Whitefiled PTA, Susie Blair "with kids" and Head Teacher Ann Rice'Photo Emma Mitchell'2/12/11
St josephs Primary, kids giving presents to "with kids" charity. Kids from p1-p7'Emma Whitefiled PTA, Susie Blair "with kids" and Head Teacher Ann Rice'Photo Emma Mitchell'2/12/11

PUPILS from St Joseph’s Primary School in Milngavie were delighted to play Santa and give a sack-load of stocking-filler gifts to charity.

Children handed in over 50 presents as they visited Santa in his grotto during their fundraising Christmas Fayre last month to be donated to With Kids.

With Kids works with families and children in the east end of Glasgow, where there are some of the highest levels of poverty in Scotland and the UK.

St Joseph’s acting head teacher Ann Rice said: “Christmas is a time for giving as well as receiving and the children here have shown great generosity in choosing, wrapping and donating these presents for other children their age who are not as lucky as they are.”

Collecting the gifts, Suzie Blair from With Kids, said: “This is an amazing gift and will make all the difference for other children who live not so far away on Christmas Day.

“All families can find they have difficulties from time to time and in areas of poverty there can often be other factors which mean parents struggle at this time of year. With Kids is there to support the needs of children and parents all year round.”

St Joseph’s Primary PTA Christmas Fayre raised £1,800 which will go towards a new interactive whiteboard for the school.

Emma Whitfield, co-chair of the PTA, said: “Not only have the families, parents and carers of St Joseph’s shown great generosity in fundraising for new much-needed school equipment, but pupils have shown they are thinking about those who don’t have quite as much as they do as well - which is what Christmas is all about.”