Pupils, parents and teachers at Aspire International School in Almancil came together last week to make sure that the children living in Refúgio Aboim Ascensão in Faro had the kind of Christmas they deserve.
An appeal went out from the school on Friday, and by the following Monday donations were flooding in – clothes, shoes, toys, food and blankets, and one girl even donated her bike!
After one parent shared the school’s email to the wider community and word got around, donations also started coming in from people living locally in Quarteira, Vilamoura and Loulé.
People donated money as well as items and the school was able to spend over €400 on baby food and formula, nappies, bottles and bibs for the youngest residents of the orphanage.
Parents Andy and Sue Pope of Blue Sky Golf Rental, and parents of Mia in Year 10, were an enormous help: using their van to collect items from school daily and storing everything at their warehouse. Their staff were also kept busy sorting donations all week.
Lynette Violante, the school’s Business and Spanish teacher who coordinated the collection with the help of several pupils in Year 10, said: “The response has been overwhelming and rather humbling. When we dropped off the items, the workers there got rather emotional. They told us that they hadn’t had any other donations this year.”
The school would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and response.