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Pictures: Christmas Shoebox Appeal shows the generosity of the Rushcliffe community

Sewa Day Nottingham and Communities Working Together’s shoebox appeal came to life today Sunday 10 December when packing up all the presents took place at Edwalton Church Hall.

Sewa Day Nottingham is a charity that supports vulnerable families in West Bridgford, Gamston, Edwalton, Keyworth, Cotgrave, Bingham, and East Leake to name a few.

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Donations to the appeal come from schools, businesses and individuals across Rushcliffe.

The donations are then grouped by age and gender and packed into Christmas wrapped shoeboxes by dozens of volunteers.

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Sewa Day then distributes the Christmas boxes to adults and children who otherwise would not get presents.

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They contain hats, scarves, food, gifts and toys, books and toiletries.

Hetvi Parekh from Sewa Day Nottingham said:

“This is the fourth year of Sewa Day Nottingham and Communities Working Together doing the shoebox appeal, and if we are completely honest, we are overwhelmed at the amount of donations we have received this year.

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“People have been even more generous – and we are simply blown away.

“To be here today and pack all these boxes is a privilege,  but to reach this stage has only been possible because of teamwork and our brilliant, dedicated and hard-working volunteers.

“Our volunteers are the lifeline of our appeal and we are blessed to have such a wonderful team.

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“We have had dozens of local businesses and schools involved this year in donating and wrapping 1400 shoeboxes. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated and supported our appeal this year.”

The collections will benefit more than 20 local Nottinghamshire charities.

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