Christmas at TLG Wakefield
Monday 17th December 2018
Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes
December was a busy month for TLG Wakefield’s students. It began with the completion of our shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal. The students and staff created two Shoeboxes which contained toys, hats and gloves, flannels, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and items of stationary. They were added to the collection of shoeboxes from All Saints Church, Normanton. The students helped to pack them into the van when they were collected. A couple of weeks later one of our members of staff, Abbie Butt, visited one of the distribution centres where the shoeboxes are checked and sorted and so she was able to describe to the students the next stage in the journey of the shoeboxes. We are now waiting to receive the email to tell us which country the children who received our shoeboxes live in so we can see how far they have travelled.
The Reverse Advent Calendar
Throughout the period of Advent, the staff and students of TLG Wakefield took part in a Reverse Advent Calendar. Each day of Advent, an item was placed in a box. These items had been requested by the local Foodbank, which is run by the Well Project, a community project started and supported by members of All Saints Church, Normanton. Towards the end of term, the TLG staff and students visited the Well Project and gave them the items that had been collected. These were gratefully received and added to the supplies for those in need over the Christmas period. The manager of The Well then gave us a tour of the Foodbank, explaining how the supplies are stored, what is included in a food parcel and how they are given out. She also gave us an insight into why the Foodbank is needed and told us that it is staffed by volunteers, suggesting that this is one way in which the students could consider supporting their community when they are older.
The term ended with a delicious Christmas lunch, which was cooked by a member of staff with the able assistance of one of the students. A fun time was had by all as we shared Christmas cracker jokes and a quiz, where adults teamed with students to take part.