Help deprived children with Peterborough shoe-box campaign

Christmas shoeboxes bring smiles to youngsters in a refugee camp last year.

Christmas shoeboxes bring smiles to youngsters in a refugee camp last year.

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Peterborough residents can help deprived children from across the world with a Christmas shoe box campaign.

The Regus centres in the city will be local drop off points from November 2 to November 18 for the 2015 appeal operated by international relief charity the Samaritan’s Purse.

Peterborough residents are encouraged to fill shoeboxes with toys, stationery, small clothing and hygiene items which will be sent to children living in refugee camps, orphanages and impoverished neighbourhoods.

Richard Morris, UK chief executive at Regus, said: “We’re delighted to support this very worthy cause which brightens up Christmas time for disadvantaged children, including those caught up in the Syrian crisis and those living in refugee camps. Local businesses, schools and individuals are encouraged to get involved and donate their shoeboxes at any of our centres.”

Boxes can be dropped off at the Regus centres at St John’s Street and Orton Southgate on weekdays between 8.30am – 6pm.

How to pack your Christmas shoebox:

Remember to make your box both fun and educational! All shoebox items should be new and can contain gifts such as:

Toys: cuddly toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, skipping rope, small musical instrument, toy trucks and cars, dolls, hair accessories but no war-related items.

Educational supplies: pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, stickers.

Hygiene items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel, but no liquids.

Other items: Sweets except chocolate and biscuits (sell by date before March 2016), gloves, scarf, cap, warm hat. No sharp or easily breakable items.