Archant staff send 25 shoeboxes packed with little treats to children in need this Christmas

Staff at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star with shoeboxes collected for the shoebox appe

Staff at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star with shoeboxes collected for the shoebox appeal. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

Toothbrushes, warm socks, sweet treats, notebooks and colouring pencils - just some of the gifts packed into colourfully wrapped boxes by staff at Archant Suffolk this Christmas as we support the Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal.

Advertising manager Fiona Wilkinson watched a video of excited children ripping into boxes sent in previous years and was spurred into action.

She galvanised staff from all departments and encouraged people to make generous donations of toiletries, stationery and toys, and together with colleague Michelle Patrick, wrapped and packed 25 shoeboxes - each one labelled so the organisers can tell which age and gender child it is destined for.

Other colleagues made cash contributions to help pay the £3 postage needed for send each box.

Fiona said: “It is a fantastic cause and I was amazed at how many of my colleagues dug deep to support it.

“It is great to know some of the children who have so little will get something to open this Christmas.”

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