Young­sters share fes­tive cheer

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

CHIL­DREN at Oban’s 1st Steps Day Nurs­ery are mak­ing an ‘ over­whelm­ing’ do­na­tion to the needy this Christ­mas.

For 50 years the UK char­ity Blythswood Care has pro­vided prac­ti­cal help for those in need across Europe, Africa and Asia.

Ev­ery year it makes a Christ­mas shoe­box ap­peal, ask­ing peo­ple to do­nate shoe­boxes packed with es­sen- tial items such as tooth­brushes, soap, screw­drivers, sewing kits, kitchen uten­sils, sta­tionery and socks, and small lux­u­ries like toys, sweets and make-up to dis­trib­ute to chil­dren and adults in need.

This is the third year the nurs­ery chil­dren have taken home giftwrapped shoe­boxes for their fam­i­lies to pack with presents and the re­sponse has been ‘over­whelm­ing’, said nurs­ery man­ager Fiona Moloney, with more than 40 boxes ready for de­liv­ery. ‘I was very sur­prised,’ she said. ‘I had one par­ent who did three boxes be­cause it breaks her heart to see fam­i­lies with­out.’

Shauna MacKen­zie, the nurs­ery’s cook and or­gan­iser of the Christ­mas ap­peal, said: ‘It teaches the chil­dren about peo­ple who are less well off. They put their own toys in.’

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Chil­dren and staff of Oban’s 1st Steps Day Nurs­ery filled more than 40 shoe­boxes with es­sen­tial and lux­ury items to send to peo­ple in need this Christ­mas, all gath­ered in the nurs­ery’s new ex­ten­sion.

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