Box-loads of seasonal spirit

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GENEROUS Standard readers have shown the spirit of Christmas to be alive and well in Boston with a bumper response to this year’s shoe box appeal.

Scores of shoe boxes, packed full of toys and other gifts, have been donated for deprived children and families across Eastern Europe through the annual Rotary International scheme.

And despite the ‘age of austerity’ now upon us, the generosity of households across our patch is one area where cutbacks have not been made.

John Wright, of the Rotary Club of Boston St Botolph. said: “I think we have had more this year than last year and it’s very, very generous of everybody.”

The boxes, which were collected from the Standard’s Church Lane offices on Wednesday, will next be film-wrapped in Grantham, before being delivered by Rotary in Romania, Ukraine and Belarus.

They contain a mixture of toys, teenage items and household goods.

Mr Wright expects between 3,000-4,000 shoe boxes to be donated across the county, joining thousands more nationwide.

“I think people do not realise how well-off we are here,” he said. “But those who do realise have been very, very generous.”

Rebekah Gunn, Boston Standard editor, said: “Once again our readers have shown their generous festive spirit to help those less fortunate celebrate Christmas. Thank you.”