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Schoolchildren donate Christmas toys to young refugees

19 December 2014

Hannah Morris (left) and Cara Saunders (right) from the Red Cross with a selection of the donated toys.

Generous children in South Wales are going straight to the top of Santa’s ‘nice’ list, after giving away toys to young refugees in their area.

The act of kindness came about after the British Red Cross visited the children’s school – Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Allta in Ystrad Mynach. Their school had chosen the Red Cross as their selected charity of the year.

After hearing about our inspiring work, the teachers decided to take their support one step further – and the children were all keen to get involved.

Young humanitarians

Cara Saunders, service manager for education and engagement at the Red Cross, explained: “The children decided that they would like to help other children through our refugee service.

“Each child gave up one toy they no longer wanted and donated it to us, so we could pass them on to young refugees living in Cardiff and Newport.

“The children should feel very proud of themselves. This is a wonderful example of how young people can be true humanitarians and really make a difference to someone’s life.”

Proud head teacher 

As well as collecting the huge pile of festive goodies, head teacher Delyth Williams said that the school had also raised money.

“Pupils and parents alike have made an excellent contribution towards this worthwhile cause,” he told us. “In addition to the toys donated, we also collected a sum of £400 towards the fantastic work that the Red Cross does around the world, at our recent school concerts.

“I would personally like to thank and congratulate all of the pupils who took part.”

‘Something to play with’

The sacks of cuddly toys, board games, books and colouring pens will now be passed on to refugee families in South Wales.

Many arrive in the UK with very few possessions, after fleeing trauma and violence. Our destitution project in Wales helps these refugees and asylum seekers access essential services and adapt to their new life in the country. We also have refugee services in towns and cities all around the UK. 

Theresa Mgadzah Jones, our refugee service co-ordinator, said: “The refugee children will be very happy to receive these toys, as will their parents.

“They will be very happy that their children have something to play with – and it is especially fitting at this time of year. Thank you, Bro Allta.”

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