Can you help needy Eastern European families?

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Isle residents are being urged to help needy families in Eastern Europe by donating to an appeal next month.

Double amputee Alan Rayment, along with friends and family, are hosting a shoebox appeal at the Market Hall in Crowle from 9.30am on Saturday October 8 in aid of Link to Hope.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We ask people to fill a shoebox for a family - not just a child.

“Our list contains items for all family members and includes items such a shower gel/shampoo, family games, stationery items, gift for mum and dad as well as sweets, soft toys, hats, scarves etc.

“Our annual Family Shoebox Appeal has been running since 1992 and has delivered smiles to thousands of people in Eastern Europe over the years.

“In fact, we have sent over 600,000 shoeboxes to hundreds of different locations.”

They added: “It’s a really simple idea, anyone can get involved, and we are always keen to have more people join our national network of supporters.

“The family shoeboxes of gifts are given to families who often have to make a choice between buying food or fuel at Christmas time – buying presents is just not a priority.

“Many of these families do not have running water, heating or electricity.

“Some live in appalling conditions, often living in just one or two rooms, and life for them is a real struggle to survive.

Alan said: “Our aim this year is to create 100 boxes.”

For more information visit http://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal