Rotary Shoebox appeal gets underway - boxes available from Skegness Standard office

Rotary's Shoebox appeal provides gifts to impoverished children in Eastern Europe.
Rotary's Shoebox appeal provides gifts to impoverished children in Eastern Europe.

A charitable appeal to provide Christmas gifts for impoverished children in eastern Europe has got underway once again.

The Standard has this morning received its first consignment of flatpacked shoeboxes for Rotary’s annual collection.

Every year we promote this scheme in the paper and every year we get a great response.

To take part, come along to the Standard office in the Hildreds Centre collect a free flat pack box and fill it with new or quality used toys, teenage items or household goods.

Suitable toys to include are small toy cars, small bouncy balls, jigsaws, fluffy toys, dolls, colouring books and felt tip pens. Household goods such as soap, toothpaste and brushes, letter paper and pens are always welcome.

Don’t forget teenagers with gifts such as make-up, toiletries, sportswear, scarves, gloves, hats, writing materials, combs and football memorabilia.

Please attach a £1 coin to the top of the box to cover transport costs.

Filled boxes must be returned to us by November 11.

Rotary deliver your boxes to Eastern Europe.

A spokeperson for Rotary said: “The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty.

£For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.

£If you would like to take part, we would love to hear from you.”

Rotary is urging people only to take the boxes if they are intending on filling them as there are a limited amount available.