A kind-hearted primary school teacher has asked her pupils not to buy her Christmas presents this year, but to donate to the local foodbank instead.
Kate McLaughlan, from Newark Primary School in Port Glasgow, said she wanted to teach the children "the spirit of giving and kindness".
In a letter sent to parents and carers, she said last year she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the gifts she received but this year she has asked for donations which she will use to buy food for families in need.
She will send blank envelopes home with the pupils into which donations can be placed, before the students will gather together on December 17 to count the money and write a shopping list.
"Please do not feel you have to donate and if you do choose to, then £1 is plenty," wrote Mrs McLaughlan.
"This is about teaching the children about the spirit of giving and kindness, not about raising record breaking amounts.
One parent shared the letter on Facebook, which has now been shared almost 4,000 times.
Linsey Milloy, parent to seven-year-old Sofia, wrote: "What a lovely and kind thing to do…well done Mrs McLaughlan! Not only is it a very thoughtful thing to do but a great example to our kids as well."
The 37-year-old said: "I think this shows everyone the true spirit of Christmas and am proud that my daughter’s class will be part of this.
"Doing all of this gives them great experience in social learning and it’s an excellent example to set to our children."
She said the idea also took financial pressure of parents and by giving ‘a couple of pounds’ in an anonymous envelope meant there was no judgement either way.
She said: "I guess you’ll see it in every schools where some of the presents given to teachers are just taken too far and may make other pupils feel that their gifts are inadequate."
The i58 Project, who run Inverclyde Foodbank, recently shared a video to social media explaining it had been unable to open due to a shortage of food on its shelves, an issue they explained is now a weekly occurrence.
The video called for help with the incoming high demand of winter and Christmas.
Speaking to BBC Scotland, Mrs McLaughlan said: "I don’t need gifts, it’s not why I do the job.
"People struggle at Christmas time. Where does it stop?
"It puts a lot of stress of parents that they don’t need. And that’s not in the spirit of Christmas."
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