Shoebox appeal now in operation to bring festive cheer to children

Volunteers start to fill hundreds of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at Queen Street Methodist Church hall. Picture by Andrew Higgins  124336
Volunteers start to fill hundreds of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at Queen Street Methodist Church hall. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124336
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It’s time to get wrapping and packing those shoeboxes for less fortunate youngsters around the world.

The 2012 Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal has now launched, with this year’s aim to pack the 100 millionth pack.

District coordinator Ros Dyson hopes the local public will once again lend their support to the cause.

She said: “For the past 15 years there has been great support for the annual Operation Christmas Child Christmas Shoebox Appeal in this area.

“Last year we sent more than 6,000 shoeboxes to needy children in Belarus.

“The Shoebox collection is supported so generously by schools, young people’s groups, churches, residential care home residents and also by individuals. We are most grateful to them.

“This year we need everyone who has ever packed a shoebox and those who never have before to help us to reach a remarkable milestone - delivering our 100 millionth gift filled shoebox. I am sure people in our area will help us to do this.”

Boxes are accepted for boys and girls, aged two-four, five to nine and 10-14 years.

Details of suitable items to include can be found at www.samaritans-purse.org.uk

Filled shoeboxes can be handed in at designated collection points throughout November. These are: Chapmans Undertakers in Auborough Street; Scarborough Sofa Beds in Falsgrave Road;Irton Garden Centre; Stoneacre Garage in Seamer Road and A Touch Of Glass in Newborough.

The last drop off date is Friday, November 30.

If anyone has any queries or would like to help the appeal, please telephone (01723) 368091.

Pictured at Saturday’s family fun day at Queen Street Methodist Church where volunteers took on the task to cover and fill a minimum of 200 shoeboxes are Denise Wilcox, left with Phoebe Doubtfire, 3, Ethan Doubtfire, 8, Sam and Katie Totten, 9 and 6, in front of other helpers. 124336