Rotary boxes will spread Xmas joy

Tony Tye and Ady Stennett for the Rotary club collected the gifts for the shoebox appeal.
Tony Tye and Ady Stennett for the Rotary club collected the gifts for the shoebox appeal.
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Hundreds of gift filled boxes have been collected from schools, businesses and offices across the area in time to send to needy eastern European children for Christmas.

Rotarians Tony Tye and Ady Stennett visited the collection points last week to collect the shoeboxes and were filled with joy at the amount of effort that children, individuals and families had made to provide a little cheer this festive period.

“It’s been great this year and we are thrilled with the wonderful response. It means so much to the children who only receive this gift,” said Tony Tye.

“Some of the school children were shocked to hear that this will be the only gift the children over there receive,” said Ady Stennett.

Nearly all of the area’s primary schools run a RotaKids club which urges children to help the needy and the involvement gives them something positive to put on their CV. And the senior schools and groups are part of the RotaAct initiative, again encouraging charitable work.

“The schools have been great. All but two in the community are part of it and even they want to get involved,” added Tony.

A total of 383 shoeboxes were collected last week, which includes 164 from the Standard’s office. The Standard would like to thank the community for its help.