A FLINTSHIRE Christmas shoebox appeal is up and running for its 30th year.

Bistre Methodist Schoolroom in Buckley will once again act as a collection point for items to be placed into the shoeboxes.

The boxes are then sent to areas across the world where children otherwise would go without Christmas gifts in parts of Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia..

Despite the fact Bistre Methodist chapel has closed, the chapel's schoolroom is now open as a collection point.

The scheme will be running until November 22, and items can be dropped off there Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm.

The team is appealing particularly for clothes, soap, flannels, toothbrushes/toothpaste, sweets, soft toys, hats, gloves and scarves.

As well as this, family boxes will be sent out, so there is an appeal for items such as small kitchen utensils, clothes pegs and candles.

Last year, the team - part of the Teams4U charity - sent nearly 400 shoeboxes and £680 in donations overseas.

For more information, telephone Mac Ellis on 01244 543982.