Nursery does its bit for shoebox appeal

Submitted'Youngsters at Little Footsteps Nursery packing shoeboxes for the annual christmas appeal.
Submitted'Youngsters at Little Footsteps Nursery packing shoeboxes for the annual christmas appeal.

Children at a Scarborough nursery have been among hundreds of people across the town filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

The youngsters at Little Footsteps in Columbus Ravine have been learning about how their gifts will benefit less fortunate children in Romania.

Nursery manager Bernadette Ireland explained: “There were around 15 of our pre-school children taking part, who are aged between two and four.

“We spent the day learning about the background to the shoeboxes and watched a DVD about it.

“Then the children spent time putting something into each box.”

The gifts had been collected throughout the course of the year, with nursery staff buying items to add such as hats and gloves.

The shoeboxes themselves were kindly donated by Shoezone in Newborough.

Bernadette said: “The children loved it and it’s good that they can learn more about the reasons behind it.”

She added: “We’ve been doing this for about 10 years now and we’re one of the longest-serving nurseries in Scarborough to support the shoebox appeal.”

Ros Dyson, who manages the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal in Scarborough, said that it is going really well and that 1,500 shoeboxes had been collected so far.

She continued: “Boxes are being collected and processed until the end of this month and they will be collected by lorry during the first week of December.

“We’ve got a fantastic team of volunteers who are pretty skilled from doing it last year.

“We have around 50 volunteers, with 25 people coming in every day. They get addicted to it!”

Thousands of shoeboxes will be processed at the warehouse in Eastfield ready to be taken to Romania in time for Christmas.

They are brought to Scarborough from all over the area, including Whitby, Bridlington and Ryedale.

Ros said: “We’ve noticed a lot more coming from Bridlington this year, which is great. It’s a noticeable jump from last year.

“But in general we’ve just been really impressed with everyone. People are so keen to help.”

The gifts will go to youngsters, often orphans or street children, who otherwise would not get anything for Christmas.

Organisers in Scarborough work closely with representatives in partner countries to distribute the gifts. To find out more, go to