THE annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal, run by Sally Daly in Skibbereen, is in full swing, as volunteers help to fill up 5,000 or more boxes bound for children in several countries across Eastern Europe and Africa.
As well as item like skipping ropes, small toys, small musical instruments, colouring books and pencils, hair bobbles, hats and more, Sally is also looking for small ‘picture books’ which can be such a wonderful treat for children who have – literally – nothing.
Sally uses pictures cut out of old magazines and books to fill homemade notebooks that will fit snugly into the boxes.
She invites anyone with a few spares minutes on their hands to create one of these unique little picture books, and drop them to her with any other items that might make a child smile on Christmas Day.
The books could also be an art project for locals schools or youth clubs, she says. They must be small and colourful, filled with happy pictures of toys or people, that will give these small children a real ‘lift’ when they go through the gift-filled boxes.
Other items that might be included are toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brushes, gloves, underwear, jewellery and jewellery boxes, sweets, sunglases, pens, erasers and tiny toys or teddies.
You can contact Sally at 087 6854489.