Help us spread some happiness with Shoebox Appeal

A Rotary shoebox helps to give someone in Eastern Europe a welcome boost in their time of need.

A Rotary shoebox helps to give someone in Eastern Europe a welcome boost in their time of need.

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Help the Spalding Guardian in supporting the annual Rotary Shoebox Appeal as we try to spread a little happiness.

In years gone by, the appeal has been associated with giving a child a gift at Christmas.

But over the ten years our newspaper company Johnston Press has supported this scheme, it has become so much more.

It is not only a thoughtful Christmas gift, but a gift that keeps on giving the whole year.

So this year, instead of wrapping the box in Christmas paper leaving a child wondering why it’s like this in May, either leave the box blank or decorate it with a beautiful picture to make the receiver smile.

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, then wings it way across to children and families in Eastern Europe.

This small gift helps to provide them with a sense of comfort and boosts their morale when things look to be at their worst.

Whether it be for a man or woman, boy or girl, fill your box with everyday items that we might take for granted, such as small toys, pens and paper, or a toothbrush and toothpaste.

A small gift like this really does go a long way.

If you would like to take part in this year’s Shoebox Appeal, pop in to our newspaper 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.

The boxes will be with us tomorrow (Friday) as we launch our 10th anniversary appeal and 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.

So what can you put into the boxes?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 then takes charge and gets them sent off, ready for those who need them the most.

The gifts are sent to establishments such as hospitals, children’s homes, schools, community centres and long term refugee camps.

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

A card or letter to let the person know where the box has come from is also a nice little addition to add in.

Since Rotary began this appeal, over a million boxes have been handed out.

For more information on the Rotary Shoebox Appeal and what other items can be placed into the boxes this year, please visit their website via: http://www.rotaryshoebox.org/