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Rutland’s Christmas appeals include the Food Bank’s Reverse Advent Calendar and Operation Christmas Child

Community groups have launched seasonal appeals to help those at home and abroad this Christmas.

Rutland Foodbank is running a reverse advent calendar program to ensure everyone has enough to eat, while Oakham Baptist Church has been chosen as the collection point for Operation Christmas Child.

Food bank volunteers are encouraging people to donate something every day rather than buying an advent calendar this year. Donations will be placed in gift bags and delivered to all households that have been supported this year – nearly 270 so far.

Ali Wainwright. Photo: Rutland Food Bank

Chairman Ali Wainwright said: “We know 2022 has been tough for everyone, and it’s getting tougher and tougher, so we don’t expect anyone to donate all the items, but we thought that they might like to get together with family, friends and neighbors to each choose what they would like to donate.”

Suggestions are Christmas cookies, chocolate orange, selection box, cheese cookies, napkins, mayonnaise, squash, jelly, coloring book, bouillon cubes, canned , blowing bubbles, a mixture of trifles, colored pencils,. cookies, turnovers, toiletry gift box, canned corned beef, chocolate, Angel Delight, crisps, canned salmon, custard and canned ham.

Donations can be delivered to Rutland Foodbank at 36 Melton Road, Oakham, Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and noon.

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They should arrive by Saturday, December 3 so they can be packed and delivered in time for Christmas.

Operation Christmas Child organizes parcels for young people living in countries affected by war and famine.

To participate, you can separately wrap a shoebox and its lid in festive paper and fill it with toys, hygiene products or school supplies.

The boxes should fit a boy or girl aged 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

Suzanne Johnson coordinates Operation Christmas Child's appeal in Oakham
Suzanne Johnson coordinates Operation Christmas Child’s appeal in Oakham

Completed shoeboxes can be dropped off with a £5 donation to cover costs at Oakham Baptist Church in Melton Road on Tuesday 17th November between 10am and 12pm, Friday 18th November between 3pm and 5pm or Saturday 19th November between 10 a.m. and noon.

Complimentary refreshments and craft activities will be available during drop-off times.

Organizer Suzanne Johnson said, “We’d like anyone who wants to bring their shoeboxes and stick around for a bit to enjoy the cafe-style environment.”