Puffins are helping towards the Rotary Shoebox appeal. This is a campaign to help disadvantaged children at a time of need all year round to places such as Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania.  The rotary club has delivered nearly 1 million boxes and has been operating for over 25 years.

Puffins are helping towards the Rotary Shoebox appeal. This is a campaign to help disadvantaged children at a time of need all year round to places such as Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania.  The rotary club has delivered nearly 1 million boxes and has been operating for over 25 years.

The rotary club is on the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. There main causes are promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies. The shoebox appeal that they run all year round is just one of the many things they do to help people.

The boxes can be for anyone: children, teenagers, and even adults. They can help a family that is in need of household goods or can be a gift for a child that wouldn’t normally receive much.

These boxes can include a range of things for each age range. For a baby or a new mother, they might receive baby wipes, baby oil, small plastic rattle, baby grow, as well as other essentials for a baby.

For a teenager, they could receive warm wear (gloves, scarf, hat), games, toothbrush and toothpaste, jewellery, school stationary, sketch ped as well as other things.

A household box would be for a family or for older folk. It might include: disposable razors, pan scourers, antiseptic cream, bandages, cosmetics, writing pad and envelopes, T lights, candles, sewing kits and scissors which will all come in handy around the house and in everyday life.

The boxes don’t have to be practical, they can be fun for children, including action figures, colouring books, pens, crayons, Lego blocks, wooden and plastic toys, pencil case, pencil sharpener, skipping rope and other exciting toys for them.

The rotary club helps to make difficult times a little bit easier for struggling families. Though they work year-round, the boxes are most special at Christmas time for families who don’t have much. A shoebox filled with gifts and household items will make Christmas just that little bit easier.

Puffins have purhased the boxes and these are waiting to be filled at the nurseries. If you are able to make a donation for the boxes, please take them to the nurseries. Anything at all is gratefully appreciated.

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