The team of villagers who collect shoeboxes full of Christmas goodies for less fortunate children are getting busy again.
This annual appeal is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project and last year almost 11.5 million boxes were distributed to more than 100 countries.
Thorney contributed 80 boxes and ours went to children in Ukraine.
Organiser Kathie Williams said: “Thanks to Thorney folk, 80 children had a wonderful Christmas surprise. It was likely their only Christmas present.”
All donated items should be new and they need to be small as they have to be packed inside a shoebox.
Kathie is looking for:
:: Toys – cuddly toys, dolls, cars, balls, skipping ropes, musical instruments, puppets.
:: Stationery – pens, pencils, felt-tips, wax crayons, notebooks, pencil cases, sketchbooks.
:: Hygiene items – toilet bags, wrapped soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, hairbrushes, flannels.
:: Other items – hats, caps, scarves, gloves, wind-up torches, hair bits, jewellery, sunglasses, sweets.
The team is also looking for donations to cover delivery (it costs £5 per box) and help to wrap up boxes in Christmas paper.
Kathie is looking for all donations to be with her by November 3 and the sorting team will meet the following day.
Items can be left at 9 The Maltings or dropped off at Thorney Abbey. Leaflets and a display about the project are in the Abbey.
You can contact Kathie on 270731.