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Posted On November 3, 2006

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Operation Christmas Child is asking people to fill a wrapped shoebox with small gifts for children in Ukraine and Crimea.

The youngsters who receive the gifts are affected by war, famine, natural disaster or poverty and a shoebox is likely to be their only present. If you can help, it’s easy to do. Wrap a medium-size shoebox in Christmas paper, making sure the lid is wrapped separately.

Operation Christmas Child suggests the following unwrapped items: cuddly toy, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap and flannel, notepad, colouring book, picture book, pencils and pens, hat, gloves, scarf, a small ball, jigsaw, toy car or truck, jewellery, hair accessories, a greetings card and sweets with a sell-by date of at least March 2007.

Do not include chocolate, war-related items, clothing, liquids, glass, marbles, sharp objects, medicines and books with words. Remember to include a £2 cheque, payable to Samaritan’s Purse, for shipment charges.

Shoeboxes can be left, from November 4 to 20, in Workington at the Tourist Information Centre on Finkle Street, Time To, in Crosby Street, Maryport, The Word, on Cockermouth’s Station Street, or in Keswick at Blacks on Main Street or the Keswick Reminder office on Station Street.

For more information please call 0870 011 2002.