Shoppers give generous gifts to Christmas appeals

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ORGANISERS of Christmas appeals have been moved to tears by the generosity of people living in Rutland.

On Friday and Saturday the Lions Club of Rutland collected 3,500 food items donated by shoppers at Tesco in Oakham and Co-op in Oakham and Uppingham.

The group estimate that the value of the food is about £7,500 and it will be boxed up and sent out to elderly and vulnerable people living in the county as a treat for Christmas.

Gas engineer Kevin O’Brien of Brooke Road, Oakham, who appealed for gifts for babies and teenagers as part of his annual collection for distribution to underprivileged children in the county has said he cannot move for gifts that have piled up in his showroom in Gaol Street, Oakham.

He said: “I am overwhelmed with the response we have had this week.

“I’ve also had a £50 donation from the Catmose Club and £100 from Gilbert and Thomas for the appeal.”

In a separate collection more than 70 food hampers filled with treats for Christmas were distributed by members of Oakham Baptist Church.

They also had toiletries donated by Boots and desserts donated by Silver Spoon.

Spokesman Suzanne Johnson of The Range, Langham, said: “The people we have delivered to so far have been so grateful it has been quite emotional.

“We give to people within the church who have had a tough year.”