Filling the Boxes


Filling the BoxesStudents in Year 7 at Castell Alun High School have been busy preparing gift boxes for children in less-advantaged circumstances. The school has been greatly supported by Teams4U, and organization which partners with disadvantaged communities to enable them to strengthen and empower their children through investing in education, healthcare and training.

Dave Cooke, who founded Operation Christmas Child in 1990, realised from taking a team of volunteers to assist in the rehabilitation of the survivors of the Beslan school hostage crisis in 2004, that teams of non-charity workers could make a real difference in the lives of children and that vision spurred on the formation of Teams4U. T4U now take around 9 teams annually of self-funded volunteers to partner with our long-term projects in Belarus, Cambodia, the Philippines, Romania, Sierra Leone & Uganda.

Representing Teams4U, Ziz York commented,”Recently we were approached to run our own shoebox appeal by our partners in Romania and also by some teams in the UK who were keen to go back to the original vision of Operation Christmas Child – that is simply a box given from me to you as an unconditional gift. Our aim is to build up an appeal that can potentially send 50,000 Christmas gifts to impoverished families in the areas we work in and connected to the people we work with. Next year will be the 25th year since Dave Cooke led that first ever OCC shoebox convoy to Romania and it’s surreal, humbling and exciting to think he’ll be leading another convoy from North Wales again.”

Assistant Headteacher at Castell Alun, Paul Edwards added, “Our students really enjoy sending gifts and knowing that they are making a difference to a young person who is need. It is something which, although basic, has a profound impact on our students and I am sure the children who receive these gifts.”