STUDENTS at Great Cornard Upper School showed their generosity by donating hampers to those in need.
Members of the student council organised the collection of food, gifts and clothing for Operation Christmas from schoolchildren and their families.
The items were packed into 40 festive boxes decorated by the pupils, before being split between Age UK, Sudbury Resource Centre, needy families in the local community and Ipswich soup kitchen and food bank.
Student council member Jack Hayward, 15, said: “Every class has been bringing food, clothes and presents in, and making and decorating the boxes was good fun.”
As an extra incentive, the class that collected the most items was rewarded with a chocolate hamper to share.
“We didn’t do it for the chocolate – it’s for the community,” explained Jack.
Careers and work experience advisors Beverley Baker and Clare Gillibrand were involved in organising the collection.
Mrs Gillibrand said: “The effort they put in to making the boxes was brilliant.”
Mrs Baker added: “The children have done so well and we’re really proud of them.
“The response from families has been great, and I think it is more important than ever this year with the state of the economy.”
This is the third year the school has run Operation Christmas, which started at the end of November.