A PAIR of popular pubs are getting behind Operation Christmas Child - an annual appeal to bring a bit of festive cheer to youngsters.
The Clock Hotel and the Saracen’s Head will be encouraging local people to fill a shoebox with gifts and bring it in.
Over the next month, the hostelries will be serving as drop-off points for the shoeboxes - which will be shipped out to many different countries.
While many people won’t be thinking about Christmas for at least a few more weeks, any donations need to be handed over by November 18 - so they arrive in time.
Donna Hughs, general manager at The Clock, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile campaign. We’ll be doing everything we can to spread festive cheer and to put a smile on the faces of children in the most desperate situations around the world.”
Tracey Maitland, who runs the Saracens Head, said: “Choosing gifts for the children is the perfect activity to kick off the festive season and capture some real Christmas spirit.”
Shoeboxes will be sent to disadvantaged kids around the globe. Last year, 1.2m boxes were filled with goodies and sent out to children all around the world.
For full details about how and what to pack go to www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk .