PEOPLE are being invited to share a special gift this Christmas as Doncaster Deaf Trust are once again collecting presents to help to help make Christmas special for children from across the world.

Operation Christmas Child encourages people to buy a few small extra gifts, place them in a wrapped shoe box and send them to people who will appreciate them greatly.

Bobbie Roberts, chair of Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: "People are invited to drop their shoe boxes off at the main reception at the Deaf Trust once again this year, as we act as a nominated collection point for the Samaritan's Purse.

"This is an incredibly important appeal and we are very proud to play a part in enabling all of the good work which is done. We will keep the boxes safe before the Samaritan's Purse send them off to children in need all around the world.

"We encourage as many people as possible who feel they can afford to buy a few extra items, to get in the Christmas spirit and share a bit of love with those who are worse off than us."

People participating are asked to choose if their gift is for a boy or a girl, and then choose an age range of 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 years old and put this information on the shoebox.

They can order a pre-printed shoebox online or wrap their own and fill it with a selection of toys, hygiene items and school supplies - anything a child will either need or love.

Boxes can be dropped off at Doncaster Deaf Trust's reception during opening hours, between 1-18 November. Please be aware that shoeboxes cannot be accepted after this date.

More information about Operation Christmas Child visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/