We are asking readers to help support the Rotary Shoebox Appeal as we try to spread a little happiness.
It is not only a thoughtful Christmas gift, but one that keeps on giving – as the boxes are handed out throughout the year.
So this year, instead of wrapping the box in Christmas paper, either leave the box blank or decorate it with a beautiful picture. Such a box can be given to a baby, a small child, a teenager or even the elderly.
Your box, with the help of a £2 donation left on the top for travel costs, wings its way across to children and families in Eastern Europe.
Fill your box with everyday items that we might take for granted, such as small toys, pens and paper, or a toothbrush and toothpaste.
If you would like to take part, pop in to our office in The Crescent, Spalding, from Monday-Friday, any time between 9am and 5pm and pick up a box. Ring the bell and we’ll come down.
We will be running the scheme until the final collection date on Friday, November 11. Remember you can fill your shoebox with items to suit a baby, young boy or girl, a teenager or the elderly.
Rotary are particularly in need of boxes for the elderly and teenage boys.
Here are just a few ideas of items you can put in: toys, balls, jigsaw puzzles, play dough, dolls, stickers and building blocks. Or why not put in a comb, mirror, make-up, stationery, wrapped soap or even shampoo?
Once the Guardian receives your boxes, Rotary gets them sent off to establishments such as hospitals, children’s homes, schools, community centres and refugee camps. A card or letter to let the person know where the box has come from is also a nice little addition to add in.
For more information visit www.rotaryshoebox.org/