100 Early Years students from North Kent College showed their support for underprivileged children in the county, by donating gifts to the Heart Giving Tree at Bluewater.
The students were taken to the shopping centre as part of their course, to initially look at the facilities for children and families, such as changing and feeding areas, but the tutors decided to also use it as an opportunity for them to give something to those who may be less fortunate this year. They were given the task of picking a star off the tree, either as individuals or as a small group, before hunting for the perfect item to hand over. All of the gifts were paid for out of their own individual money, and students spent time choosing each present to put into Santa’s sack.
June Simpson, Early Years Lecturer, who helped organise the day, said “Our students have been involved in charity events for several years, and this year we discussed ways we could help disadvantaged children in the community. The students have been excellent and gave a great deal of their time and money to this project. The tutors are very proud of the way they have participated in this and would like to thank them for being positive and caring role models within college.”
The gifts were well received by Heart, with them broadcasting about the generosity of the students, across all of their social media platforms and local radio station. The students made sure to pick a variety of ages off the tree, with Heart staff commenting, “It’s lovely, as many older teenage children don’t get picked as often as younger ones”. They commended the learners and were very appreciative of their approach, attitude to giving and thoughtfulness.
The students involved in the day found it to be quite moving, with some showing their emotions as they handed over their donations. Many commented how they felt, including statements such as, “It made me feel very grateful, and thankful for all I have in my own life” and “Giving is receiving happiness”.
North Kent College are very proud of the students for thinking of others in this festive season, and hope that those who receive the gifts will feel thought of during this festive season.