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Caring and Sharing as Colten Care Residents Support Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Care home residents helped pack and decorate more than 100 festive shoeboxes full of gifts to cheer disadvantaged babies and children at Christmas.

In support of the Rotary Club Shoebox appeal, some of the 112 boxes filled at Colten Care homes will go to Ukrainian children who are refugees in Poland because of the war with Russia.

Others will be distributed to underprivileged children in Romania, Montenegro and Moldova.

The boxes contain gifts such as soft toys, stationery, gloves, mittens, hats, books and toiletries.

Colten Care has supported the Rotary’s annual appeal for several years, with residents, families and staff members all involved.

Boxes from various homes were gathered together at Colten’s Bourne View in Poole, from where Rotary representatives picked them up for the long road trip to Eastern Europe.

Bourne View residents said they were proud to be part of the effort.

Joan Blackshaw said: “We hope everyone gets to enjoy these gifts, and it helps them at Christmas.”

John Broomfield said “It’s a very worthwhile idea to help those who are in need. Regardless of what’s in the box, it will make them smile.”

Neal Curtis, International Committee Chair at Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary Club, said the Colten Care boxes will complement hundreds of others provided by local schools and Rotary members and friends.

“Once again, we are indebted to the residents and staff of Colten Care for supporting our appeal,” Neal said. “It’s wonderful to think that so many disadvantaged children will have the pleasure of receiving their own special present this Christmas.”

The Colten Care contribution was co-ordinated by Senior Companionship Team Leader Donia O’Connor, who said: “Our residents, families and staff are generous, inspiring people keen to do their bit.

“All our homes nominate charities and good causes to help each year, with the Rotary shoebox appeal always on the list.

“We are proud to continue our long-standing and heartfelt support for the scheme and the children who will receive that little touch of Christmas magic in the midst of difficult circumstances.”





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