Appeal for festive aid

British Legion representative Gary Smith with his Christmas shoebox appeal for kids of serving troops. 114636 Picture Richard Ponter.
British Legion representative Gary Smith with his Christmas shoebox appeal for kids of serving troops. 114636 Picture Richard Ponter.
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BENEVOLENT Scarborough residents are being urged to come forward and help provide some festive cheer for youngsters.

The Royal British Legion has launched a shoebox appeal to collect presents for children living at Catterick Garrison.

The move is designed to put a smile on the faces of youngsters who have a parent serving over Christmas.

The campaign is being co-ordinated by Gary Smith, who said he wanted to carry out the appeal “with a twist”.

He said: “Rather than clogging up the mail to our frontline troops, I would like to deliver shoeboxes to those children at Catterick Garrison who have a parent who will be away serving over Christmas.

“I am looking for donations which can be split into show boxes such as small gifts, toys, games, sweets, socks and gloves, but also wrapping paper, tape and local cards.

Anyone who wishes to take part in the scheme should contact Mr Smith on 07725 408760 to arrange collection of shoe boxes.

Alternatively, people can leave their donations already packaged and marked for the appeal, at Scarborough’s branch of the Royal British Legion, in Bar Street.

The deadline for donations is Monday, December 5.