Methodist Church appeal for Christmas gifts

Pelsall Methodist Church is appealing for villagers to donate a shoebox of gifts to needy children around the world.

It is collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child and is urging anyone who wants to make a box of gifts to send it in before the last week of October.

You can make up a box for a girl or a boy that is suitable for two-four years; five-nine years; or ten-14 years.

You can include the following: toys (soft toys, finger puppets, jigsaws, yoyo, blocks, small musical instruments, cars, clip on earrings, tennis balls etc), educational supplies (felts, pencils, pens, sharpeners, eraser, colouring book, puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers etc), hygiene items (toothbrush and paste, brush, comb, hair clips, soap, flannel etc). Other items: sweets (sell by date at least March 2013), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, hat, bangles, necklaces etc.

The following items are NOT permitted: food – especially chocolate (due to customs restrictions; medicine or vitamins; war related items such as guns, soldiers, knives etc; clothing other than gloves and scarves; fragile items including mirrors; liquids such as bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletries or aerosols; dangerous or sharp items such as scissors or razors; novels – although small picture-only books are acceptable; items of a political nature; hand-knitted stuffed toys (due to kite mark requirements on toys).

Wrap the lid and the box separately and do not seal as each box has to be inspected and secure with an elastic band.

Take the box to Pelsall Methodist Church on Chapel Lane or contact the church if you would like someone to collect it from you.

For more information, contact the church on 01922 445802.

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