Shoebox appeal

Our residents filled more than 200 shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children in Romania.

Among the items were soft toys, gloves, scarves, books and toiletries. All were boxed up and handed over to Rotary Club members for distribution.

Speaking at Bourne View in Poole, where the boxes were readied for collection, Senior Companionship Team Leader Donia O’Connor said: “When the Rotary invited us to make some shoebox donations I knew our residents would be glad to help, but it’s stunning to stand here surrounded by the many wonderful boxes they have created.

Bourne View resident Joyce Boswell said: “Christmas is a joyous time and we all have so much. The Rotary have promised to take some pictures of the children opening the boxes we send and I think seeing that will be very emotional for all of us.”

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