Last chance to send a Rotary box from Grantham to help children in Eastern Europe

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The gift of giving to others is one of the greatest feelings – please help the Journal spread the word as we support the Rotary International Shoebox Appeal.

Every year this newspaper supports the scheme, which always receives an overwhelming response, all thanks to you, our readers.

Support the Rotary International Shoebox Appeal

Support the Rotary International Shoebox Appeal

So we ask you to join us once again in taking part in this simple task of giving.

To help with the appeal, all you need to do is pick up a flat pack box from the venues below on the days stated and fill it with those everyday essentials that most of us take for granted.

Here are the pick-up and drop-off points:

Journal office, St Peter’s House, St Peter’s Hill, Mondays and Fridays, 10am-noon;

Grantham College reception, Stonebridge Road, 8.30am-4.30pm on Mondays and Fridays, and 8.30am-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays;

Cafe Rainbow, Grantham Tennis Club, Gonerby Road, 7am-7pm on weekdays, and 8.30am-4pm on weekends.

The boxes go to Eastern Europe to be given to children of all ages and also includes teenagers and the elderly. The items we may take for granted in our daily lives can make a huge difference to those who have no means of getting such things. It lets them know that someone, somewhere cares.

So what can you put in these boxes?

Suitable items for this year’s Rotary shoeboxes for a child includes: toys such as matchbox cars, bouncy balls, dolls, colouring books and felt tips, jigsaw puzzles and Lego (but please avoid sweets, chocolates and toys that require batteries). For a child, this might be the first present they have ever received.

For a box that would be ideal for a teenager, why not fill it with make-up, toiletries, a comb, writing essentials or even sports wear?

Of if you want your box to go to an elderly person, why not add in some vital household goods – hand soap, toothpaste and brushes, pen and paper or even washing powder and shampoo?

When your box is full, we ask that this year you please attach £2 and tape it to the top of the box – this covers the cost of transporting the gifts. Filled boxes must be returned by Friday, November 13.

Rotary International is urging people like you to help bring a ray of hope to those who have lost the sight of it, so please give someone the ultimate gift to put that smile back on their face.