Academy pupils hear shoebox plea

Rotarians Lisa Stevenson and Tony Rance are pictured with some of the S1 and S4 pupils who helped to prepare the shoeboxes.
Rotarians Lisa Stevenson and Tony Rance are pictured with some of the S1 and S4 pupils who helped to prepare the shoeboxes.

MONTROSE Academy pupils have been boxing clever in their support for an annual Rotary District 1010 campaign to bring some extra Christmas cheer to deprived people in Eastern Europe.

The pupils have been backing the Rotary Shoebox Appeal by filling boxes with gifts suitable for children, teenagers or even entire household.

Going all the way back to 1994, Rotary clubs all over the UK, willingly assisted by schools, churches, commercial companies and individuals, send gifts throughout the year to central and Eastern European countries.

This year these are to include, for the first time, Moldova.

The gift of a shoebox containing toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty that few of us can imagine.

For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received.

It lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.

This, however, is a special delivery - Christmas presents for those who would otherwise receive nothing in orphanages, hospitals, disadvantaged families and even street children.

Further details are available online at Rotary District 1010 Shoebox Scheme.

Rotarians Lisa Stevenson and Tony Rance are shown in the picture with some of the S1 and S4 pupils who helped to prepare the shoeboxes.