Fill shoebox to make a poor child's Christmas
This is the time of the year when we ask readers if they can help to make it a happy Christmas for the many deprived children of the world.
Can you imagine a child waking on Christmas morning and having no presents to open? And yet that is what happens to many children in Eastern European countries.
The simple gifts in the Operation Christmas Childshoeboxes really do make the world of difference to the children whose families struggle to provide them with day to day essentials, which we in Britain take for granted.
It is hoped that once again, through your generosity, we can bring joy to these children who have so little. Every extra box is another happy child.
To participate, we ask that a shoebox is wrapped in pretty paper, wrapping the lid separately, then filled with small toys such as balls, crayons, pencils, paper, cuddly toys, hand puppets, toothpaste and toothbrushes, a warm hat and mitts or gloves. We also ask for a donation of £2.50 to help towards transport and distribution.
Leaflets with labels and giving details of suggested contents are available from us at Byways, 4 Silver Street (next to Lloyds Bank car park), also at Reflections and the libraries at Midsomer Norton and Radstock.
When completed the boxes should be handed in from November 1-18 and the drop-off points this year are Byways, 4 Silver Street, Midsomer Norton (next to Lloyds Bank car park); Reflections, High Street, Midsomer Norton; The Entertainer, High Street, Midsomer Norton; Rebecca's Flower Shop, Radstock; Michael Gould Property, Peasedown St John.
We thank everyone who has helped in the past, and the ladies who knit hats, mitts and hand puppets for us, and we hope you will once again make it a happy Christmas for the children who have so little.