Soldiers’ gifts with Rugby love

Becky Gibbs (16), who launched her own shoe box appeal for Christmas, presented Amanda Crowden with the presents recently, which will be flown out to British troops, in Afghanistan.

Becky Gibbs (16), who launched her own shoe box appeal for Christmas, presented Amanda Crowden with the presents recently, which will be flown out to British troops, in Afghanistan.

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SOLDIERS serving on the frontline in Afghanistan will wake up on Christmas morning to a box full of special gifts, thanks to a Rugby teenager.

Kindhearted Beckii Gibbs, 16, took it upon herself to start up her own Christmas shoebox appeal for soldiers who will be spending the festive season away from their loved ones.

Beckii, of Reservoir Road, Brownsover, put out an appeal via Facebook and through friends and family she collected 48 shoeboxes packed full of treats.

Beckii, who is studying childcare at Warwickshire College in Rugby, said: “I wanted to do something at Christmas that was nice for others. Sometimes people can forget about the soldiers.

“I wanted to try and get 50 boxes but I think for my first attempt it wasn’t too bad.”

The shoeboxes contain a range of Christmas goodies for both male and female soldiers including toiletries and chocolate.

Beckii said: “They are filled with anything you might like on Christmas morning that would fit into a box and wasn’t too expensive.”

Amanda Crowden, a representative from the Support Our Soldiers charity, visited Beckki’s home and took away all of the shoeboxes. They will now be delivered to Afghanistan just in time for Christmas.

Beckii said: “I think they’ll get them before Christmas day but will be told to save them.”

Beckii is now planning on doing the shoebox appeal again next year but will start it earlier in the hope of filling more boxes.

She said: “I started in mid October this year so I didn’t have loads of time. Next year I think I’ll start it in September and hopefully beat my target of 50 boxes.”

Beckii thanks everyone who donated a shoebox.”