ABOUT 60 Sunday school children gathered at Naodamu in Labasa to exchange gifts in the spirit of the Christmas.
Labasa All Nations Christian Fellowship circuit pastor Sowane Tuilevuka said the exchange of Candle Night Christ Kindle was an event organised by the church to encourage the spirit of giving among their Sunday school members.
Mr Tuilevuka said the event was held last Friday.
"The Sunday scholars were very happy with the event and most of them actually turned up for the event," he said.
"The event is often held annually and every year it has been getting bigger and better.
"Our Sunday school students had earlier on in the year chosen the names of their partners who they would exchange gifts with."
Mr Tuilevuka said the Sunday school students were then given time to raise their own money from the little that they received from their spending allowances.
"It helps our children to cultivate in their hearts the art of giving especially this festive season.
"While some of our children celebrated the festive season, the unfortunate ones who came from poor families could not do so.
"The gift exchange event is also held to include the unfortunate students who cannot celebrate Christmas this year."
Labasa ANCF Sunday scholar Sera Matavesi said she was happy and felt blessed to be part of the event.
The six-year-old said the event reminded her to be a giver.
"I am proud to share what I have with others who might not have what I enjoy at home."