Deadline for Christmas toy shoebox appeal

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THE DEADLINE for local folk to donate Christmas toys to less fortunate kids across the world is just two weeks away.

Each year Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes packed with goodies for children with this year’s donations needed by November 18.

Jane Simmonds, Derbyshire Regional Manager of Operation Christmas Child, said: “Many of the children are in state-run homes, street shelters, orphanages or hospital or facing real hardship in their lives.

“The smiles we see at this end from those donating the shoeboxes are matched at the other end when the youngsters open their shoebox.”

For suggestions of what to put in a shoebox visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk or call 0870 011 2002.

The website also has a list of local drop-off points where individuals can hand in their shoebox. Volunteers check the boxes prior to shipment to be sure they comply with customs requirements and that the contents are suitable for the children receiving them.