The Guernsey public have made up nearly 5,000 shoeboxes full of small gifts which will soon be on their way to disadvantaged children - mainly in Eastern Europe - ahead of Christmas.
The annual shoebox appeal is organised by Rotary Guernesiais; the shoeboxes are loaded onto containers by the Fire and Rescue Service; and they are shipped to the UK free of charge by Channel Seaways.
Children in Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania and the Philippines will benefit from islanders' generosity. The gifts they will receive in shoeboxes include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, fun toys, drawing materials, hats, gloves and other useful items of clothing.
Channel Seaways is shipping two containers full of shoeboxes without charging. They are being sent to a packing depot in Bournemouth before being transported to Eastern Europe and beyond.
Pictured: Nearly 5,000 shoeboxes have been loaded onto two containers supplied by Channel Seaways ready to be shipped to the UK and then onto Eastern Europe and beyond.
Ann Outram, a member of the Rotary Guernesiais Service Committee, praised islanders' efforts.
"Thank you Guernsey. Fantastic as always. A successful Rotary shoebox collection," said Mrs Outram.
“Our coordinator and leader, Hannah Laidlow, kept us to the highest standards and [thanks to] all our wonderful Rotarians including Inner Wheel, U3A, WEA and all the wonderful volunteer organisations that helped us all along the way."
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