Shoebox gifts will soon be on their way

Scarborough volunteers have been busy collecting and 
preparing thousands of 
shoebox gifts ready to be sent to children in Romania.

The local campaign by Operation Christmas Child is expected to provide around 6,000 boxes, given by individuals and groups in Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington and Ryedale.

134703a'Shoebox appeal'Suaun Stephenson hands over some Scarborough News shoeboxes to David Sutcliffe'Picture by Neil Silk'18/11/13

134703a'Shoebox appeal'Suaun Stephenson hands over some Scarborough News shoeboxes to David Sutcliffe'Picture by Neil Silk'18/11/13

Boxes are being collected until the end of the month and taken to a warehouse in Eastfield ready for processing.

During last weekend alone, more than 1,000 boxes were added to the previous running total of 2,500.

Boxes full of toys, sweets, gloves, hats and other gifts have been donated by nurseries, schools, youth groups, churches and workplaces, including The Scarborough News.

Warehouse manager David Sutcliffe said: “We have 20 to 30 volunteers at the warehouse every day and they can’t wait to come back year after year.

“Some people come for an hour and end up staying much longer!”

The helpers check boxes for any unsuitable items, such as toy guns or sweets that may be out of date by the time they arrive at their destination.

Shoeboxes are then packed into crates ready to be collected by lorry. If you would like to make a last-minute donation, please call area co-ordinator Ros Dyson on (01723) 368091.

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