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Christmas shoebox gifts for victims of domestic violence

Two St Johns Year 7 students with their Christmas shoeboxesTwo St Johns Year 7 students with their Christmas shoeboxes Year 7 at St John’s have donated over fifty shoeboxes full of gifts to the local charity Helping Victims of Domestic Violence (HVDV).


 

Nuala Hawkins, Head of Year 7 told marlborough.news:  “The children felt they wanted to support a local charity.  The charity Helping Victims of Domestic Violence assists families who have fled, sometimes with no support network and little money.”

“We have had a huge response from our students, they really threw their weight behind the shoebox project. It has made them more aware of those less fortunate than themselves.”

The Year 7 students were able to choose who to aim their shoebox gifts at ranging from babies and toddlers through to teenagers and adult men and women.  Small toys, puzzles, games, art and craft sets, hygiene items such as tooth brushes, soaps and bubble bath were popular items for the shoeboxes.

HVDV helps families and individuals (male and female), young people and children throughout Wiltshire who have experienced domestic abuse and their associated issues.  They provide practical support and the organization aims to reduce their suffering and promote their health and wellbeing. It aims to help them sustain independence and take back control of their lives.

Every year many children spend Christmas Day in a refuge because they have had to leave their home to escape domestic violence. They have very little, sometimes only the few clothes they have fled with.

St. John’s Year 7 hope that their shoebox gifts will make a difference to those who find themselves in this position.

For more information about HVDV go to http://hvdv.webs.com

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