Mini-Vinnies Get off to a Flying Start at St Edmund’s Primary School, Abingdon
The new Mini Vinnies were commissioned at the end of our Harvest Mass and are now taking an active role in school. They led the recent Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal and packed and sent off 60 filled shoe boxes as Christmas gifts for less fortunate children around the world. The children showed tremendous initiative in advertising this event to their peers and getting a good number of them to fill in information for the friendly letter which was put into the majority of the boxes. They were genuinely excited and enthusiastic when they saw how much they had achieved. The target was to fill 50 shoe boxes. They exceeded this, because 60 boxes were filled! A donation of £140 was given to the appeal to help towards shipment costs and which enables us to include a bar code in each box so that their destination can be tracked.
On Wednesday 13th November the Mini Vinnies helped at one of the regular Parish lunches for the elderly. They engaged very well with the seniors and threw themselves wholeheartedly into serving, helping and conversing with them and the other adults. They all showed very good initiative and were cheerful throughout. It was clear that the senior parishioners enjoyed their presence and their company. Barbara Habayeb, parishioner and adult helper for Mini Vinnies group reported that: ‘they were a credit to themselves, their families and their school. We were certainly very proud of them’.