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Bedale centre for the elderly helps children around the world
A DAY centre for elderly people is at the heart of a Christmas shoe box appeal which has helped more than 100 million children across the world in the past 20 years.
The Dales Care Centre in Bedale is a drop off point for the Christmas shoe boxes which will be given to children who will often receive no other presents.
Operation Christmas Child was set up in 1990 to help desperate children across the globe enjoy Christmas.
This year Samaritan’s Purse, which works with churches and their partners through the group has recruited Dales Care to help.
Between November 1 and 18 shoe boxes can be left at the centre.
Michelle Sands from Dales-Care, said:"We are thrilled to be helping Operation Christmas Child this year by being an official drop off point for Christmas Shoe Boxes, this is an incredibly worthy cause and we are just pleased to be able to help in any way we can."
People who want to make up a shoe box are asked to include some items which are useful but also some toys and sweets, although not chocolate.
Ideal presents are toothbrushes, combs, hair clips, soap, toys such as fluffy bears, finger puppets, jigsaws, yo yos and building blocks. Educational items such as calculators, felt pens, pencils, sharpeners, rubbers, colouring books and notepads are also ideal. Necklaces, caps, sunglasses and gloves are also highly prized.
People can say whether their shoe box is for a boy or a girl, and roughly what age group. People are asked to include £3, which should be stuck to the box. Contact Dales-Care on 01677 425806, or go to www.samaritans-purse.org.uk for more information.
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