Fill a shoebox with goodies for children this Christmas, says Wisbech shopping centre manager

PUBLISHED: 14:41 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 22 October 2018

Kevin Smith, manager of The Horsefair in Wisbech, with shoe boxes for the Samaritans Purse appeal.

Kevin Smith, manager of The Horsefair in Wisbech, with shoe boxes for the Samaritans Purse appeal.

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People are being urged to think of others this Christmas by getting involved in the Samaritans Purse shoe box appeal organised by Horsefair Shopping Centre.

People are being urged to think of others this Christmas by getting involved in the Samaritans Purse shoe box appeal organised by Horsefair Shopping Centre.

Kevin Smith, manager of the Horsefair Shopping Centre, said: “Every year we’re overwhelmed by the generosity of our shoppers, and how many shoeboxes are donated and I’m sure this year will the same. It’s a great way to start the generosity of the festive period early.”

Shoppers are asked to gift wrap a shoebox and fill it with gifts that will be sent to 17 countries around the world.

There are three age groups that people can fill boxes for. Two to four year olds, five to nine or 10 to 14.

Suggested items could include toys such as a teddy bear, ball or jigsaw, an educational item, for example a colouring book or pens and hygiene items like a toothbrush or a comb.

Other items can include scarves, hats or sunglasses.

Perishable items, such as chocolate and food, as well as homemade toys should not be included.

Along with the boxes, a donation of £5 in cash or cheque is requested to help cover the cost of distribution.

Shoeboxes can be dropped off at the Information Room on the bus station or the Oasis Book Shop on Norfolk Street on Thursday November 1 and Friday 16.

Leaflets with gift ideas, as well as a donation envelope and age group stickers, are available from the drop off points.

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