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Rainbow Nursery Forres kids and families donated large collection to Moray Food Plus for Christmas

By Garry McCartney

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Santa's little helpers Sophie Munro (3), Hayley Burgess (3), Kian Ogg (4), Randal Watters (4), Harris Ross (4) and Mya Witkowski (4).
Santa's little helpers Sophie Munro (3), Hayley Burgess (3), Kian Ogg (4), Randal Watters (4), Harris Ross (4) and Mya Witkowski (4).

CHILDREN at a local nursery learned the true meaning of Christmas by collecting for a food bank.

Rainbow Childcare and Education, Little Crook organised the donation to Moray Food Plus after asking them and their parents which charity to help.

Centre manager, Denise Gibbon, explained the children make the gesture every year to coincide with their festive wall display.

She said: “Every Christmas, the children make a card at home for their friends at nursery instead of sending individual cards. We look at them together then display them on the wall. Along with the card they bring a donation for a chosen charity. This year the parents and children chose Moray Food Plus. We only asked them to bring in one item each from the food bank list, but their families were amazing and together we collected a huge amount to donate!

“It created a lot of interest as the children were all very keen and loved seeing the collection grow.”

Denise explained the difficulty in explaining the reason for, and purpose of, food banks so kept the lesson simple.

She said: “They understood that it’s good to help others and that giving to the food bank helps families who need extra help. A couple of them also knew about the collection point in Tesco and could tell us they had put things in there.”

Kian Ogg (4) added: “The food bank is where you can give things like my favourite Rice Krispies to people who need more food. The nearest one is in Elgin.”

Denise was pleased with the learning opportunities offered by the collection which generated a number of deep conversations at the nursery.

She said: “It was a really worthwhile project.

“We all really enjoyed being able to do something to help a local cause.”

MFP project manager, Mairi McCallum, said: “We were delighted that the children and staff from Rainbow Nursery collected for us this Christmas and would like to thank all the families involved. Their donations will help us support other children and families in what is proving to be a busy time for our service.”

Rainbow Childcare and Education is celebrating its 25 year anniversary in April. The nursery is compiling a where are they now? memory book for previous attendees.

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