Please put Christmas cheer in a shoebox

THE people of North Devon are being asked to help ship a little Christmas cheer to poverty stricken Romanian orphans who literally have nothing. The annual Romanian Shoebox Appeal organised by Jeanne Rumson-Waltho in Combe Martin is once again seeking hel

THE people of North Devon are being asked to help ship a little Christmas cheer to poverty stricken Romanian orphans who literally have nothing.

The annual Romanian Shoebox Appeal organised by Jeanne Rumson-Waltho in Combe Martin is once again seeking help to ensure some of the poorest people in the world will at least see one Christmas present.

People are invited to pack shoeboxes for children or adults with useful items and small gifts such as toiletries, stationary, woollen hats, gloves, toys, games and sweets, before wrapping them in Christmas paper.

They should not contain sharp items such as scissors or knives, or perishable foods such as chocolate. Please do not include tinned food or aerosol containers.


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"I know people may find it difficult this year because of the credit crunch," said Jeanne, "but it need not be a large box, any size would be greatly appreciated. Please also tape �2 to the lid to pay for shipping costs,

"Please make sure you tape a list to the top stating exactly what is inside before sealing the box, then it won't get opened again by Customs."

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Boxes need to be with Jeanne at The Old Sweet Shop Cottage by Church Corner in Combe Martin, by the end of October, to allow time to ship them to Romania before Christmas.

For more information or a full list of suitable contacts, call Jeanne Rumson-Waltho on (01271) 882705.

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