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This is how you can support Grantham Rotary's Christmas shoebox scheme

The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven is once again running its shoebox scheme, aiming to spread festive joy to impoverished families in Eastern Europe.

It has started delivering flatpack boxes to schools, churches and commercial organisations around the district for people to fill with presents.

And the Grantham Journal is again pleased to be involved in the appeal.

Rotary club launches its festive shoebox scheme. (18781423)
Rotary club launches its festive shoebox scheme. (18781423)

Since it started with a meagre 100 boxes over 15 years ago, the appeal has grown and organisers locally hope to send 2,000 boxes this year to the Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and Albania in time for Christmas.

The boxes are taken overland by volunteers and distributed by Rotary clubs, Hope and Homes for Children and known contacts, ensuring every box goes to a deserving child or family.

Rotary asks that people only use the official boxes which are specially designed to fit standard pallets and withstand the rigours of transport to eastern Europe.

Rotary club launches its festive shoebox scheme. (18781408)
Rotary club launches its festive shoebox scheme. (18781408)

There are four categories for the boxes, toys for boys and girls, teenagers, household goods for older folk and families, and babies up to 12 months.

People are urged not to include food, sweets or chocolate, battery operated toys, matches or aerosols.

Boxes can be obtained from the Grantham Journal, in Watergate, and Grantham Tennis Club, in North Parade.

After filling the boxes, people are asked to return them to the same place by Friday, November 15.

To cover the cost of producing the box and transport, people are also asked to donate £2 and attach it to the box on return.

Rotarian Alan Geeson said: “Please support the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven in its effort to make 2019 our biggest year yet.

“The smiles and delight on the faces of the children when they receive their boxes makes this a very worthwhile cause and one in which I am pleased to be a part.”

Details of the scheme can also be found at www.rotaryshoebox.org

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