Don Valley College kind hearts help

Kindhearted college staff and students from Dearne Valley College have reached into their pockets to help disadvantaged youngsters.

They have dug deep to raise vital charity funds, as they once again take part in Operation Christmas Child.

The charity, in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse, has helped needy children around the world and since 1990 and it has benefitted more than 130 million boys and girls in more than 130 countries.

Thanks to kind hearts at DVC around 30 Christmas gift boxes are on their way to Eastern Europe with staff and students frantically packing shoeboxes with all kinds of goodies as part of the charity campaign.

Packing the boxes could not have been simpler, but finding donations was the hard part. But thanks to the generosity of people at the college and family and friends the boxes soon filled up.

Each one was tailor made for either a boy or a girl from the ages of two up to 14. And each was filled with items including toys, school supplies or toiletries.

Hosted annually by the Samaritan’s Purse – the international relief UK charity – the campaign asks for participants to package a festively wrapped shoebox with gifts, toys and essential items, which are then delivered to children who might not receive gifts this year because of poverty, war or natural disasters.

Dearne Valley College’s learner involvement co-ordinator, Emily Senior, led the campaign for DVC and said the college was more than happy to lend a hand

She added: “I am so proud to say that the students and staff at Dearne Valley College have gone out of their way to create over 30 gift boxes that are now on their way to Azerbaijan, to bring a bit of Christmas cheer where it otherwise might not have been.

“It was a fantastic effort by all, and we will continue to take part in this great campaign each year.”

For further information, or to apply, contact the College on 01709 513355, at, or alternatively visit the website at

In further college news DVC is hosting an open evening at the Manvers campus for prospective students on January 22 (5pm-8pm), to find out more about the courses and opportunities available, learn more about funding and to tour the fantastic facilities or book your place by visiting the website.