Sewa Day Nottingham and Communities Working Together’s shoebox appeal came to life today Sunday 11 December when packing up all the presents took place at Edwalton Church Hall.
Former cricketer and commentator Graeme Swann attended the event in support of the community effort.
Sewa Day Nottingham are a charity that support vulnerable families in our area West Bridgford, Gamston, Edwalton, Keyworth, Cotgrave, Bingham, East Leake to name a few.
Sewa Day then distribute the Christmas boxes to adults and children who otherwise would not get presents.
They contain hats, scarves, food, gifts and toys, books and toiletries.
Hetvi Parekh from Sewa Day Nottingham said:
Helen Keller said, ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’.
“This quote is so apt for today as we all pack these amazing donations which have been generously given by lots of people in the community.
“This is our third year of Sewa Day Nottingham and Communities Working Together doing the shoebox appeal, and if we are completely honest, we are totally shocked and overwhelmed at the amount of donations we have received this year.
“People have been even more generous – and we are simply blown away.
“We weren’t expecting these many donations because of the cost of living crisis but we were proved wrong!
“Our youngest donor was a 5 year old boy, Mylo, who used his piggy bank money to buy presents for the appeal!
“It was so heartwarming to see Mylo proudly come in today with his donations and also to help us pack.
“To be here today and pack all these boxes is a privilege, but to reach this stage has only being possible because of team work and our brilliant, dedicated and hard working volunteers.
“Our volunteers are the life line of our appeal and we are blessed to have such a wonderful team.
“We have had over 70 volunteers involved this year on an active basis collecting donations, packing shoeboxes, loading an unloading stuff and spreading awareness about the appeal.
“A lot of our volunteers this year were children and we are extremely proud of the fact that we are able to involve the future generation in the act of volunteering selflessly (Sewa).
“We have had over 25 local businesses and over 15 schools involved this year in donating and wrapping 1200 shoeboxes. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated and supported our appeal this year.”
The collections will benefit 22 local Nottinghamshire charities.
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