More than 200 shoeboxes were packed with gifts at the launch of this year’s Operation Christmas Child in Scarborough.
During the event at Queen Street Methodist Church, 40 volunteers of all ages filled 222 boxes with gifts for needy children in Romania in a record time of three hours.
Organiser Ros Dyson said: “There was a great atmosphere - everyone was intent on getting as much done as they possibly could. There was a lot of enthusiasm and everyone did a great job.”
The boxes will now go to a warehouse in Scarborough and will be joined by hundreds of other boxes are they are collected from various pick-up points.
It is hoped that the final shoebox count for Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington and Ryedale will be around 6,000.
Ros said: “We had a brilliant year last year and we’re hoping this time it will be even better!”
Last year the gifts went to Ukraine, to orphans or street children who would otherwise have had no presents for Christmas. This year the boxes will all be transported by road to Romania.
Ros explained that organisers at this end work with representatives Operation Christmas Child abroad, who make sure the boxes get where they need to go and are given out by churches or community groups.
Go to www.operationchiristmaschild.org.uk