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Rotary Club prepare to send out Christmas gifts
3:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
DISADVANTAGED children in some of the poorest countries in the world will be given a Christmas present this year, thanks to the generosity of Basingstoke people and the work of local Rotarians.
The three Basingstoke Rotary Clubs are working together to collect shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to various countries including Albania, Montenegro and the Philippines.
Last month, members of the three clubs promoted this year’s appeal in Festival Place, Basingstoke, where they also collected donations from the public to help fill empty shoeboxes with gifts.
Jim Graydon, a Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club member, who is organising this year’s appeal, said: “The shoeboxes will go to some of the most disadvantaged children in the world who have been identified by local Rotary Clubs, whose members will deliver the boxes. Because they have so little, these children will find this a wonderful experience.”
Last year, Basingstoke residents helped to fill 3,000 shoeboxes, donated by schools, churches, Scouts, Guides, individuals and businesses. It is hoped that even more people will respond to this year’s appeal.
Filled shoeboxes can be donated at the Gazette Newspapers offices, in Pelton Road, Houndmills, before October 18 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
After this, the boxes will be sorted by Rotary members to ensure they meet the requirements, before being shipped out to the various countries.
Boxes can include gifts such as toys, socks, soap, hairbrush, flannel, a game, colouring book and crayons.
They must not include battery-powered or war-related items, liquid, food or large items.
For more information, and to download a leaflet, visit http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=310383&ClubID=642.
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