Operation Christmas Child has swung into operation in County Roscommon and parents and children are reminded that the deadline for handing in Christmas shoeboxes is November 7th. At the moment, children in local schools are being shown a DVD of the work done by Operation Christmas Child and are being encouraged to take part in this year’s efforts. Jean Nally is co-ordinating this year’s effort in County Roscommon and, with less than a month to go to the deadline, it’s a busy time for Jean and her fellow volunteers. Ms. Nally stressed that people with no school-going children can drop in boxes to Curves or George Bannon Sports in Roscommon town. First find an empty medium size shoe box (18 x 30 x 13 cm). Wrap the lid and box separately with Christmas paper. Decide if your gift is for a boy or girl and tick the appropriate sticker. Fill your box with items, enclose €3 or more in the attached envelope. Secure the lid with an elastic band, but do not seal the box. Your €3 goes towards the promotion, transport, processing and distribution of your shoebox. Surplus funds are used in work with needy people around the world. Suitable items include toys, educational supplies, hygiene items and other items, such as something to eat or wear. Don not include food, medicine, war-related items, clothing, fragile items, liquids, books with words or sharp objects. The deadline for this year’s event is November 7th. For further information on the appeal in Roscommon, contact Steve Frost on (086) 8338773 or Mary Concar on (086) 3263387.