Schools, groups and individuals around Laois are getting their presents ready for the annual Team Hope Shoebox appeal, but the organiser want local people to know it is not too late to help out.
Last year 5,700 shoeboxes were collected in Laois (which was a great increase on the previous year).
This year the Laois volunteer team are reporting a good interest from across the county, and are hoping for even more boxes than there were in 2015.
Unfortunately, for many children a shoebox is the only gift they will receive this Christmas.
To get involved in the 2016 Shoebox Appeal, simply wrap a shoebox with Christmas paper, then fill it with gifts for a child, attach €4 and bring it to a local drop-off point before Friday, November 11.
Anyone interested in being involved should ring Alison on 086 0530102.
Many local groups are in the final stages.
Team Hope is the charity that donates the Christmas Shoeboxes in the schools.
The Stradbally Flower and Garden Club ask that filled boxes be handed into St Joseph's Hall or to be given to any member of the club before this Wednesday, November 2.
Borris in Ossory ICA will be filling shoeboxes on Wednesday night, November 2.
Meanwhile, a table quiz takes place in Kavanaghs on Friday, November 4 in aid of Team Hope.
Registration is at 8.30pm, and a table of 4 is €40.
All money raised goes towards the Laois Team Hope.
In the receiving country Team Hope’s network of partners delivers the shoebox gifts right into a child’s hands – in hospitals, schools, shelters, churches, orphanages, community centres or family homes.
There are 400 drop off points nationwide, including all Axa, FastFit/FirstStop branches and Toymaster stores, so there is bound to be one in your locality.
All drop-off points will be listed on http://www.teamhope.ie from the end of October.
Suggestions for what can be put in the shoeboxes include pens, pencils, colouring books, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, a small item of clothing and a treat.