The annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal has just been launched, by Irish charity Team Hope.
Shoeboxes can be dropped off at collection points around the country before November 11 for distribution to needy children. Team Hope (www.teamhope.ie ) will deliver the gift-filled shoe boxes right into the hands of a needy child in Eastern Europe or Africa.
Shoeboxes should be wrapped in Christmas paper (the lid separately ) and it is up to the donor to choose who they would like to receive the gift, a boy or a girl and the age group it is suited for. All the information about how to pack the box, suggestions as to suitable items, a sticker to mark the box (boy or girl, age ) and an envelope for the €3 (contribution towards transport etc ) is in a leaflet which is available from the local co-ordinator, by phoning Team Hope at 01 294 0222 or via the website www.teamhope.ie