GARGRAVE is once again the drop-off place for a Christmas shoebox appeal so children in Eastern Europe have a gift this Christmas.

The 'Give Love in a Box this Christmas' appeal is organised through T4U (Teams 4U, a registered charity. Gargrave resident Marie Chapman has been promoting the appeal for several years. She is asking that shoeboxes of gifts for boys and girls aged 3 - 5 years, 6 - 11 years and 12 years and over be left at Bramble and Fleur - formerly Poppyfields - or Gillian's Hairdressers, at 48, High Street, Gargrave.

Please drop off your box by November 30 and put a label on the outside stating the age group and whether it is for a boy or girl.

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You can also donate £2.50 towards transport if you wish.

Marie said: "The boxes tells the children who receives them that someone cares for them."