Public can help wrap up Christmas for needy children

Kevin Smith with a shoe box gift

Kevin Smith with a shoe box gift - Credit: Archant

Following from last years’ success, the Horsefair Shopping Centre in Wisbech, has launched its annual shoebox appeal in support of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.

The appeal encourages the public to donate a shoebox filled with gifts for children who may not receive any presents this year. Members of the public can fill a box with gifts for children aged either two to four, five to nine or 10 to 14. Age group stickers to decorate and label the shoeboxes can be collected from the information room on the bus station.

Boxes 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. In addition, a donation of £3 made payable by cheque will need to be enclosed to help cover the cost of distribution. Boxes must not include chocolate, food or homemade toys.

Centre manager of the Horsefair, Kevin Smith, commented: “Each year we receive a fantastic response from around the area and support is always overwhelming. Donations from the people of Wisbech grow each year and it’s an amazing cause to support.”

Shoeboxes can be dropped off from November 1 until November 18 at the Horsefair’s information point and the Oasis book shop on Norfolk Street.

For more information please visit or collect a leaflet with suggestions and gift guidelines from the Horsefair’s information point.