Organisers of Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox Appeal in Scarborough have thanked people on behalf of 5,890 children in Romania who will now receive a gift.
The annual appeal, which asks people to fill shoeboxes with toys, sweets and other gifts for needy children abroad, has been a huge success.
Area coordinator Ros Dyson said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way to make this year’s shoebox collection such a resounding success.
“So many people have helped in different ways. We wish to thank all the many schools, churches, groups and individuals who have filled shoeboxes kindly given out by shoe shops.
“Local businesses acted as drop-off points and a team of around 60 volunteers have worked in the warehouse in Scarborough processing the shoeboxes.
“We are so grateful to Scarborough Council for loaning us the tables which were used at the warehouse.”
Ros also thanked the Scarborough Community Payback team for helping load the boxes into a Romanian truck and local firm Le Grand, who provided a fork lift truck and driver.
She added: “We were delighted that the YMCA featured Operation Christmas Child in the Rockin Carols production and that people attending gave donations to the cost of transporting the shoeboxes.
“I know that as a result of the generosity of so many people in this area, there will be 5,890 children who understand the charity’s slogan ‘Love in a Box’ this Christmas. We send grateful thanks to you all.”