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Katie Taylor, world champion boxer and Lily Gordon( 2yrs) and Theodora Mc Donnell (3yrs) lending a hand at one of the collection points in Bray, Co Wicklow for the Team Hope Christmas Shoe box appeal.

Katie Taylor, world champion boxer and Lily Gordon( 2yrs) and Theodora Mc Donnell (3yrs) lending a hand at one of the collection points in Bray, Co Wicklow for the Team Hope Christmas Shoe box appeal.

Katie Taylor, world champion boxer and Lily Gordon( 2yrs) and Theodora Mc Donnell (3yrs) lending a hand at one of the collection points in Bray, Co Wicklow for the Team Hope Christmas Shoe box appeal.

It's not too late to send a shoebox packed with goodies to children in need this Christmas.

With the festive season fast approaching, the Team Hope Christmas shoebox appeal has moved online so that those who didn't get a chance to fill a box before the deadline can now still take part at the click of a button.

People can donate €15 for an online shoebox, decide whether they would like the gift to be for a boy, a girl or both and Team Hope will do the rest.

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"Our annual Christmas shoebox appeal helps bring joy, laughter and hope to children living on the margins of society and victims of war, disease or poverty in some of the world's most underdeveloped countries," said Niall Barry, Team Hope executive director.

"Our new online shoebox is a great idea for anyone who hasn't had the time to go shopping, can't get out or just never got round to it," he said.

The charity's team in Kenya will use the money donated to create a Christmas gift and give it to a needy child in one of the poorest rural parts of that country.

Team Hope is an interdenominational Christian development aid charity, working with children and, through them, into their families and communities in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Africa.

It is best known for its annual shoebox appeal, but also helps children all year round, many in families surviving on less than €1 a day, through a variety of community development projects.

Since it was established, the Irish charity has delivered almost 2.8 million shoeboxes filled with goodies.

Every year, thousands of Irish volunteers, students, parents and community leaders come together to pack shoeboxes that are then delivered to children in need.

People had been asked to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts and drop it off at one of many designated collection points this month.

The charity checks to make sure the boxes meet all customs and safety requirements, seal it and send it on its way by truck or container.

Team Hope's network of partners then delivers it right into a child's hands in places such as hospitals, schools, shelters, churches, orphanages, community centres or family homes.

As an optional extra and with local leaders' agreement, it also gives a Christmas card explaining where the box came from and all about Ireland.

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However, thanks to the latest development, there is still time for Irish people to donate to the shoebox appeal online.

Among the types of gifts people tend to put in the boxes are pens and pencils, toothbrushes and toothpaste and small clothing items such as hats, scarves and gloves.

Some also donate treats including sunglasses, games or toys.

For more information about the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal or to get involved, see www.teamhope.ie

fdillon@herald.ie


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