Eastlea Community School students and staff collect food for the homeless at Christmas
- Credit: Archant
Eastlea Community School students and staff produced a major success this year with a collection of 5,735 items going to those that were without a home at Christmas.
The school ran its fifth successive year of collections to support Crisis, a charity working to help the homeless.
Josena Walker, assistant vice principal, said: “We do it because we’ve realised in recent years there is a big problem with people not having food, especially for Christmas. It’s a problem we’ve even experienced as a school with some of our students, where some of the families can’t feed their children.
“As a school we’ve captured a sense of community and we try to get more every year.
“All the students normally bring something in but some go to some great lengths like raising money outside of school. So it’s a really good thing to do.”
You may also want to watch:
Students and staff started collecting non-perishable food to beat their previous records from October half-term until the middle of December with the items being collected on December 17.
The community school has managed to increase its collection totals each year. About 800 items were collected in the first year and last year it reached 4,545.
- 1 Clean-up underway after flash floods hit Newham
- 2 Fried chicken outlet to open at Westfield in Stratford
- 3 More than 20 places in Newham hit by flooding, council says
- 4 Ceiling panels collapse and operations cancelled at hospital after flooding
- 5 Flooding causes road and rail disruption across east London
- 6 Leyton Orient boss Jackett full of praise for Sotiriou after Magpies win
- 7 The secondary schools in Newham rated outstanding by Ofsted
- 8 Canning town bus station reopens after falling glass injures man
- 9 School's out!: Newham puts on jam-packed summer holiday activities programme
- 10 Deadline looming to comment on proposed constituency changes
Neil M Kennedy, resources manager at Crisis at Christmas, thanked the school for its efforts.