Mini fundraisers big support for TLA
A LEEDS primary school created 34 Christmas gift bags to help Turning Lives Around clients enjoy the festive season.
The 12 children from St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School who are part of a group called Mini Vinnies launched the appeal 3 weeks before Christmas with Rose Clayton, support worker at Francis House. Mini Vinnies are 7 to 11 year olds based in schools and parishes across England and Wales who come together to help make a difference in their communities by turning concern into action.
The gift bags contained something sweet, warm to wear, a warm drink, something to be organised with such as a notepad or calendar, toiletries and a Christmas card.
Each class were given an item to bring in and the winning class received a box of treats and an extra playtime. The winning class were year 3 who donated 119 items. One child brought in an incredible 109 items on his own!
All the bags were donated to TLA clients across Leeds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Aisha Sultan from the school said: “Thank you so much for coming to school, I hope our efforts make a difference to those this Christmas”
Janet Spencer, Chief Executive of TLA said: “Mini Vinnies truly turn concern into action, we are thrilled and very grateful that the children have thought about our clients at Christmas which can be a difficult time for some people and helped them in this amazing way”.