Pupils from St Columba’s Junior School in Kilmacolm have made a donation to Renfrewshire Foodbank after taking part in a Reverse Advent Calendar event.

During the season of giving, the school launched an initiative whereby rather than a child receiving a gift, the child on their allotted day brings something in for the Foodbank Box.

Staff at St Columba’s told Renfrewshire News the response was overwhelming and thanked parents and staff for their support, resulting in 680kg worth of food and toiletries being donated to Renfrewshire Foodbank.

A spokesperson for the school said: “St Columba’s School is extremely grateful to the Malcolm Group who donated a van and a driver to help deliver the gifts to Renfrewshire Foodbank along with school children and staff members.

“Cynthia from Renfrewshire Foodbank spent time with the children telling them all about the Foodbank, how it works and answering all of their interesting questions. This visit was rounded-off by singing some Christmas songs.”

Mrs Duncan, Head of Junior School at St Columba’s said: “As we continue to develop our children’s growing sense of compassion and social responsibility we strengthen our engagement with local charities. It is a pleasure to see the children and their families coming on board so readily with the ideas that we all have for developing such a depth of social awareness.

“My hope is that our children will grow with a keen understanding of the world around them and a desire to participate in society for its benefit and good.
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Elizabeth Alexander from Renfrewshire Foodbank said: “St Columba’s School have always been a supporter of the Foodbank with regular donations.

“The donation handed in this time around was amazing I would like to thank everyone at the school for their generosity.”