Rotary shoe boxes will help needy families

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Schoolchildren have been filling shoeboxes with goodies to provide new year treats for deprived families in Eastern Europe.

The youngsters from Berkhamsted’s Swing Gate First and Nursery School, Westfield First School and Victoria C of E First School used everything from toys to toothpaste.

The Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne, who organised the collection, will help ship the packed shoeboxes to Eastern European countries where they will be shared among deprived families.

Quentin Hartley, president of the Berkhamsted club, said: “The children learn a lot about the value of giving to those in less fortunate circumstances.

“They learn about geography, because teachers tell them where the boxes are going, and they learn about team work too – so it works on several levels.

“This campaign is one of the highlights of the year for our members.”

The Rotary Shoebox Scheme was launched in 1994.

There are now 60,000 shoeboxes sent to countries including Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Belarus, Albania, Moldova, Poland and Croatia each year.