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Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neither of the mistakes led to points for Tampa Bay (2-2), which was unable to do much offensively until the fourth quarter.Brady threw a 5-yard TD pass to Chris Hogan in the second quarter, and Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 27, 23, 45 and 48 yards for the Patriots (3-2).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJameis Winston rallied Tampa Bay late with an 18-yard TD pass to Cameron Brate that trimmed New England’s lead to 16-14 with 2:09 remaining. He marched the Bucs from his 25 to the Patriots 19 before throwing an incompletion on the final play.It might not have come down to a last-second drive if not for another poor performance by Bucs kicker Nick Folk. San Beda racks up 14th straight win, eliminates EAC Folk missed two field goals and an extra-point before beating the New York Giants on a last-second kick last week. He missed three more field goals Thursday, including a 31-yarder that would have cut a nine-point deficit to six in the closing minutes.With his 186th career regular-season win as a starter, Brady tied Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the most by a quarterback in NFL history. He also has 25 postseason victories, including five Super Bowls.Defensively, the Patriots entered the night on pace to yield more than yards than any team in league history.And, Winston and a young Tampa Bay offense that’s progressively gotten better since he was selected first overall in the 2015 draft was hoping to be the latest beneficiary of New England’s struggles.Running back Doug Martin provided a lift in his return from a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers with 74 yards rushing and one TD.But one week after throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns without an interception and overcoming a pair of fourth-quarter deficits to beat the Giants, Winston was unable to move the ball consistently until the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Winston finished 26 of 45 with 334 yards and no interceptions. DeSean Jackson had five receptions for 106 yards.Playing without injured tight end Rob Gronkowski (thigh), Brady finished 30 of 40 with one interception.STREAK ENDSBrady opened the game with four straight completions before throwing his first interception of the season, overthrowing a wide-open Hogan in the middle of the field to end a streak of 264 pass attempts without an interception.BOUNCING BACKSince 2003, New England is 44-6 in regular-season games following a loss. The Patriots have dropped back-to-back games only six times during that time span — in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and twice in 2015. As a starter, Brady is 44-10 in games following a loss.RING OF HONORThe Buccaneers honored Malcolm Glazer at halftime, inducting the late owner into the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.Glazer, whose family still runs the team, died in 2014 at the age of 85. He purchased the franchise in 1995 for a then-record $192 million.INJURIESPatriots: Gronkowski was added the injury report after Wednesday’s practice, listed as questionable. … The Patriots did not report any injuries during the game.Buccaneers: Played with three defensive starters — LBs Lavonte David (ankle) and Kwon Alexander (hamstring), and S Keith Tandy (hip). Tandy’s backup T.J. Ward (hip) was inactive, too. … DB Josh Robinson left the game in the first half with a concussion. … DE Ryan Russell injured his shoulder in the second quarter and did not return. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots makes his way off the field following the Patriots’ 19-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at an NFL football game on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFPTAMPA, Florida — Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England’s porous defense showed signs of improvement Thursday in a 19-14 NFL victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Super Bowl champions rebounded from a last-second loss to Carolina, despite Brady turning the ball over twice — on his first interception in eight regular-season games and a fumble on one of Tampa Bay’s three sacks.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Another miner dies as mining pit collapses

first_img…miners operating without advice, guidance or clearance – CommanderSince the year began, there have been four mining deaths recorded where the pits that those miners were working in, caved in. Illegal mining has been cited as the cause for most, if not all, of these fatalities for the first quarter of 2019.Dead is Edward Daniels.Commander of F Division (Interior locations) Kevin AdonisCommander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis told Guyana Times that this latest mining incident that has claimed a life took place in Region Eight.According to Commander Adonis, one injured miner is still hospitalised but is said to be in a stable condition at the Mahdia District Hospital while his co-workers have been treated and sent home.It was explained that the individuals who lost their lives during the first quarter of this year at the various mining camps were “recklessly” operating those illegal mining operations.The Commander explained that the illegal miners ventured into mining pits, which were either abandoned by large mining companies or had been left unattended for some period, and commenced working there without proper advice, guidance or clearance.While the option of mining at those locations would have been to earn an income, the Commander said that these persons are “literally putting themselves at risk”.Just last month, 18-year-old Emanuel Narine of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was working along with others in a mining pit at Oko Baramally, Sand Hill Backdam, Region 10, when the pit caved in, completely covering him. The impact of the rubble falling on the teen broke his neck and caused his demise.In February last, 17-year-old Mazaruni miner Romeo Ruben lost his life when the walls of a mining pit in which he was working caved in at Gold Hill Backdam, Upper Mazaruni.Then in January last, another miner, 54-year-old Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Reservation, Upper Mazaruni, lost his life.Based on information received, Hunter along with others were working in the pit when a wall suddenly collapsed, covering him in the process.The other workers reportedly attempted to get him from under the debris, but by the time they did, he had already succumbed.last_img read more

Ford stays course despite struggles

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ford’s investment in NASCAR, including its marketing budget, is estimated to be just under $100 million. The company is focusing more and more on stock cars, pulling its marketing support from the struggling Champ Car World Series this season. Things won’t get any easier this year for Ford in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup, with Japanese rival Toyota joining DaimlerChrysler’s Dodge brand and General Motors’ Chevrolets as Cup rivals. Chevrolet has 19 cars in today’s Daytona 500, including four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, two-time series champion Tony Stewart, defending series champion Jimmie Johnson and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dodge matches Ford with 10, and Toyota will have four cars in its Cup debut. “I feel like all we really need is 10 good cars, and we have nine now,” said Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology. “But there was no problem,” he said. “This is something that the people at the top levels of the company believe is a positive force for Ford. You don’t stop your marketing in hard times, you work harder to market the product.” Getting an 11th Daytona 500 victory for Ford Motor Co. certainly would help. The struggling automaker has 10 cars in the field, including 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth and part-timer Boris Said. center_img DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It will take more than record losses and massive staff cutbacks to push Ford out of NASCAR. After a company record $12.7 billion loss in 2006 and a planned staff reduction of 40,000 this year, racing boss Dan Davis admitted he was nervous about getting the estimated $20 million racing budget for nine full-time Cup cars approved. last_img read more

Leicester City star loving life as a wide boy

first_img Leicester City star Jeff Schlupp 1 Leicester City star Jeff Schlupp believes he has finally found his best position after starring for the Foxes out wide this season.The Ghana international has been one of the star performers for Leicester this season, netting four goals in 20 appearances.The 22-year-old has found himself out on the left-wing, causing havoc to defences with his blistering pace, after he came through the ranks as a striker before developing briefly into a left-back.But, having spent this season on the wing, Schlupp believes he has finally found the role for him to showcase his talents.“I’m definitely comfortable there,” Schlupp told lcfc.com.“I’ve said in other interviews that I played on the left-side of midfield pretty much my whole first season in the youth team, so it’s nothing new to me, like left-back was.“I say it all the time – I’ll play anywhere to be in the team and in the Premier League – so I’m very comfortable at left-midfield at the moment and hopefully I can get some more appearances.”last_img read more

Ibrahimovic’s late spark not enough to power Galaxy again

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy (L) is tackled by Jimmy Medranda of Sporting Kansas City at the StarHub Center © AFP / Mark RalstonLOS ANGELES, United States, Apr 9 – Johnny Russell and Daniel Salloi scored second half goals as Sporting Kansas City grinded out a well-deserved 2-0 victory on Sunday night over the Los Angeles Galaxy.The Galaxy were hoping for another miracle late finish by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who gave his team a lift when he finally entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute, but couldn’t erase Sporting’s two goal lead. Before the game Ibrahimovic had warned Galaxy fans not to expect a repeat of his remarkable debut last week.The Swedish superstar made a sensational start to his Major League Soccer career last week, scoring twice after coming on as a late substitute in the Galaxy’s 4-3 comeback win over Los Angeles FC.There were no fireworks this time around, but the 36-year-old striker did create some scoring chances including one where his playmaking helped lead to a shot off the woodwork. There were other close calls but each time goalkeeper Tim Melia came up with the clutch save.Ibrahimovic joined the Galaxy from Manchester United, signing a two-year deal last month.Salloi opened the scoring by collecting a loose ball in the penalty box and blasting it past Galaxy keeper David Bingham for first place Sporting who improved to 4-1-1 on the season.Scotland’s Russell celebrated his 28th birthday by dancing through the Galaxy defence pair of Ashley Cole and Daniel Steres and then poking it past a startled Bingham.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Goals anyone? After Lacazette and Lukaku, who are the most wanted forwards?

first_img 11 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Who wouldn’t want the Ballon d’Or winner? There was talk of the 32-year-old wanting to leave Real Madrid, with Man United said to be the frontrunners for his signature. The Red Devils and PSG are realistically the only European clubs he would leave Real for, but for now talk of leaving Spain has quietened down and team-mate Casemiro revealed Ronaldo was happy in Madrid and he expects the player to stay put. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – One of this summer’s biggest ongoing transfer stories is that of Spanish forward Morata. The 24-year-old has seemingly been on the verge of signing for Manchester United for the best part of three weeks, but now Lukaku is joining that seems unlikely. With 15 goals in LaLiga, despite effectively being Karim Benzema’s understudy, Morata can certainly perform and if United don’t take him someone else will be tempted. Chelsea? Andrea Belotti (Torino) – Another name in high demand is Torino striker Andrea Belotti after he notched 26 Serie A goals last season – finishing as the third highest goalscorer in the league. The 23-year-old Italian supposedly has an £87m release clause and the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with attempted moves. The club have no desire to sell their prolific forward but should someone stump up the money he could well be starring elsewhere very soon. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – The 23-year-old has shown himself to be the real deal since he signed for Juventus from Palermo back in 2015. The Argentina international has won numerous trophies at the Italian giants and looks unlikely to leave this summer but that won’t stop other clubs casting admiring glances towards Turin. Dybala signed a contract with Juve in April tying him down until 2022. 11 11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – It seems almost certain the Bundesliga’s top scorer will be departing for a new club this summer but his destination is not yet certain. Unsurprisingly for a man who scores on such a regular basis there is no shortage of interest. While it was originally thought a move to Paris Saint-Germain was to be tied up that proposed deal fell through and the most recent reports suggest a £71m move to China could be on the verge of completion. However, while there remains no confirmation other clubs will continue to monitor the striker with Arsenal and Liverpool among the admirers. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – With newly-promoted RB Leipzig impressing everyone last season, as they finished second in the Bundesliga, the man converting a large proportion of their goals was 21-year-old Werner. With 21 league strikes, the former Stuttgart man impressed and was also part of Germany’s Confederations Cup winning squad this summer. Recent reports have linked Werner with a move to Real Madrid but other clubs looking for a striker could do far worse than a man who could soon claim Germany’s striking position all for himself in the near future. 11 11 11 Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) – The 19-year-old Danish forward enjoyed a hugely productive debut campaign with Ajax as he grabbed 16 league goals and a further six strikes in the Europa League. Considering his age and exemplary performances it is no surprise other clubs are suddenly taking notice. Liverpool are interested and Italian side Roma are also thought to want the forward with Dolberg’s agent admitting the player would find it hard to turn a move down to Italy. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – An unfortunate victim of City’s attacking squad depth, the Nigerian looks to be available this summer as he seeks regular first team action. However, the 20-year-old has impressed in the handful of first-team chances he has been given so far and a vast number of Premier League clubs are scrambling to sign him up. Among the favourites are Everton and Leicester while Southampton and West Ham are also interested. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) – The French youngster signed for Celtic last summer from Fulham for just £500,000 and what a deal it turned out to be. Dembele, just 20 years of age, was one of the stars of the season as Brendan Rodgers’ team went unbeaten domestically. Now they could be set for a massive profit if they sell Dembele this summer with Chelsea, Everton and West Ham just two of a host of sides interested. The price tag seems to be set in the region of £25m but he is unlikely to be sold until after Celtic’s European qualification games. 11 11 11 Alexandre Lacazette and Romelu Lukaku have been snapped up, so who are the other big name forwards to make a move next? Every fan wants goals in their team and finding a consistent forward is one of the hardest things to do in football, so here talkSPORT.com looks at the most in-demand attackers currently playing in Europe.Scroll through the gallery above to see the forwards we believe are the most sought-after right now. 11 Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – Possibly this summer’s most in-demand player is 18-year-old Mbappe, who is wanted by every major club going. Arsenal and Liverpool are two Premier League sides to show interest but Real Madrid are looking the most likely destination should he depart the Ligue 1 champions. Mbappe scored 15 league goals this season, and a senior France debut arrived in March, but the player will deliberate where is best for him to play with a World Cup on the horizon. 11 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Sanchez has a year left on his Arsenal contract and Man City have been credited with interest in the Chile international. However, as with Lukaku, Belotti and other sought after forwards, he will not be cheap and it is even claimed the Gunners will demand £80m for him.last_img read more

EXPERIENCED ACTORS WANTED FOR BRIAN FRIEL’S MASTERPIECE ‘THE ARISTOCRATS’

first_imgHave you some acting experience and would like to star in what promises to be one of the most entertaining plays staged in Donegal in recent times?Then An Grianán Theatre, in association with Workhouse Productions, will be holding a casting session for their forthcoming production of Brian Friel’s Aristocrats on Sat 11 June.The casting session is open to experienced actors only and interested people must submit a CV and photo to the play’s producer Patricia McBride at An Grianán Theatre by Monday 6 June so that audition times can be allocated in advance of the audition day on Saturday 11 June. The production will run at An Grianán during the last week of September and there will also be three further touring performances as part of the annual Bluestacks Arts Festival.The play will be directed by well known Letterkenny actor Iarla McGowan of Workhouse Productions.McGowan has previously directed Conor McPherson’s The Weir for Workhouse Productions and this will be his first time directing with An Grianán.Rehearsals for the production will be held mostly in the evenings for a three week period from Monday 5 September. This is so that we have the opportunity to include many of Donegal’s excellent amateur and semi professional actors who have other day time work commitments.Set, like so many of Friel’s plays, in the fictional Donegal village of Ballybeg, Aristocrats explores similar themes to his 19th century set drama The Home Place except here the focus in on an upper class Catholic family and the action takes place in the 1970s.Ballybeg Hall is the decaying home of District Justice O’Donnell where those who congregate for a wedding stay to attend a funeral. Friel’s chronicle of three sisters and their ‘peculiar’ brother reveals the way ‘in which the ache of one family becomes the microcosm for the ache of a society’.First produced by the Abbey Theatre in 1979, Aristocrats won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play (1988) and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play (1989) with the New York Times calling it ‘’a lovely play, funny and harrowing’ while the New Yorker declared it ‘’an ironic, loving, imaginative, and all but faultless play. Make that a faultless play.’Already cast is the role of District Justice O’Donnell which will be played by Gerard McSorley, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed actors of stage and screen. McSorley appeared as Michael in the original stage production of Dancing at Lughnasa as well as performing as the narrator in the film version. Originally from Omagh, McSorley now lives in Donegal.The roles available for casting are the three adult sisters (age range 20s to late 30s), their eccentric brother Casimer, his brother-in-law Eamon, neighbour Willie Diver (all in their 30s) and American academic Tom Hoffnung (mid-fifties).If you wish to audition for the production please send your CV and head shot to the theatre by Monday 6 June by post or by email at patricia@angrianan.com. For further information please contact Patricia McBride or Martina Murphy at An Grianán, telephone 074 912 3288.Ends EXPERIENCED ACTORS WANTED FOR BRIAN FRIEL’S MASTERPIECE ‘THE ARISTOCRATS’ was last modified: May 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Help this Donegal couple save their amazing charity Christmas event

first_imgA Donegal couple who have raised thousands of euro for charities with their stunning Christmas lights display has issued an SOS for help.Mary and Michael Whoriskey and their family have spent countless weeks turning their Kerrykeel home into a winter wonderland.Each year for almost 20 years, their display gets bigger and bigger. The big-hearted couple have raised a staggering €45,000 for needy causes over the past 12 years since they starting doing the light display for charity.Now the couple are looking for the public’s help.They are looking to buy a van-mounted cherry picker for erecting their Christmas lights display which is visited by thousands of people each year.Mary Whoriskey, Kerrykeel, right pictured with Santa at the switching on of her Christmas lights display.Mary told Donegal Daily that she’s simply getting too old to climb tall trees! “We need a bit of help this year. Myself and Michael aren’t getting any younger and last year we had to climb trees to put some of the lights on.“If we could buy a second-hand cherry picker or even get a loan of one then that would save us a lot of time – not to mention possible broken bones,” she laughed.The chosen charities to benefit from this year’s light display are Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Fanad Alzheimer’s Social Day Fanad Day Centre.If you think you can help Mary then please contact her on 086 8545797.Help this Donegal couple save their amazing charity Christmas event was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appealCHristmasKERRYKEELLIGHTSlast_img read more

New beginning for Arcata’s Lost Boys

first_imgThe Lost Boys have found a new home, and in the process the sport of mixed martial arts has taken another step forward here in Humboldt County.This week, the preeminent MMA school in the county moved into a new facility on Valley West Boulevard in Arcata, celebrating its grand opening on Monday.And that should mean continued growth for the Lost Boys, and more opportunities for fighters in the area.“We’ll get a lot more foot traffic here,” club founder Brian Wilson said. Wilson, a …last_img

Christmas caring packed in a shoebox

first_imgToddlers at the celebrations in Swellendam,Western Cape province, get stuck intoopening their gifts.(Image: Santa Shoebox) Thousands of pairs of willing hands havepacked Santa Shoeboxes according to aset of guidelines, and with more than adash of love and care, for South Africa’sneedy children this Christmas.(Image: Fiona McRae)MEDIA CONTACTS • Janie van der SpuyFivestar PR+27 21 462 1677Fiona McRaeThanks to an innovative community project, some of South Africa’s underprivileged children will be able to experience the joy of Christmas.In a heart-warming display of the festive season spirit of caring and sharing, a plethora of presents and a whole lot of love have been carefully packed into shoeboxes to provide almost 32 000 needy children with a gift this Christmas.The Santa Shoebox Project was established in Cape Town in 2006 by Dee Boehner, director of the public benefit organisation then known as From the Children, To the Children.The organisation has since changed its name to the Kidz2Kidz Trust, but its principle of providing privileged children with an opportunity to do something for their not-so-fortunate peers, thereby teaching them the importance and the joy of giving, remains the same.The project’s first outing five Christmases ago saw 180 personalised gift boxes pledged, packed and delivered for distribution to needy youngsters. The following year’s total reflected a strong growth to 2 000 boxes, which burgeoned to more than 8 000 in 2008.Last year’s donations grew even more to see Santa’s bags at collection points around the country stuffed with more than 16 000 beautifully decorated shoeboxes, which were distributed to more than 200 children’s homes, childcare facilities and places of safety.The target for 2010 was initially set at 16 000 boxes but strong support saw this figure revised upwards to 28 000.In a thrilling indication of how the project has captured the imagination of a caring nation, a phenomenal 31 663 boxes were eventually pledged and have been dropped off at the 15 collection points around the country.This year, for the first time, the project is also extending into neighbouring Namibia, with a collection point in Windhoek.Spreading the spiritOne of those who took part this year for the first time was Lauren Collier of Port Elizabeth. She heard of the initiative from friends in Cape Town who had previously supported it.While Collier was wondering how she would be able to get her box to one of the drop-off points in the Mother City, she learnt that the project was coming to Port Elizabeth this year for the first time thanks to the initiative of local co-ordinator Kim Keen. After also learning of the venture while on a visit to Cape Town, Keen was determined to see it implemented in her home city.And the response has “completely blown me away”, she says.She started her planning with a very conservative and, she hoped, reachable target of 150 boxes. Within a week of online pledges opening nationally on 1 September, all of these Port Elizabeth boxes had been snapped up and Keen was inundated with calls from would-be donors eager to deliver.As word of the project spread rapidly, local pledges kept pouring in until there were 1 125 boxes, enabling Keen to increase the initial list of four beneficiary facilities in Port Elizabeth to 18. Supporters even drove in from the neighbouring centres of Grahamstown and Port Alfred, more than 100km away, to drop off their boxes, she says.But it did not end there. East London, some 300km further up the Eastern Cape coast, got wind of the project and collected 60 boxes for its needy children – despite having no official co-ordinator. Keen roped her mother, a Buffalo City resident, in to help. “She didn’t know what had hit her,” she laughs.Another Eastern Cape town, the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, collected 70 boxes, while a supporter from George, on the Garden Route, approached Keen to volunteer as co-ordinator for next year, to see the project also implemented there.An easy way to contributeBut what is it about this particular project that has caused an interested South African public to so generously open their hearts, and their wallets, for the country’s children?“I always like to do something for those less fortunate at Christmas, and this seemed an ideal way to contribute,” says 23-year-old Collier, who has just completed her studies as a primary school teacher.What especially appealed to her were the very clear guidelines for packing a box, which she found on the project’s website“This makes it so much easier than trying to figure out what is appropriate to give – and all the children at any one facility then get more or less the same sort of things, making sure no one is disappointed when they open their box.”Another aspect that appealed to Collier was the personalised gift-giving. Project supporters can select the age and gender of the child (or children) for whom the box is intended, and receive a gift label with the child’s name to be attached to it. They also know the organisation through which the child will be reached.Keen agrees that this is one of the project’s most appealing aspects – that supporters can know exactly where their donations will be going and who will benefit. However, generic boxes are accepted when the number of boxes donated exceeds the number of children whose names have been provided by the beneficiary organisations.The project, on its website, explains that many people want to contribute to their community or do their bit for charity, but often do not know where to start.“The Santa Shoebox Project takes pride in channelling all that positive energy and goodwill into something that is credible, achievable, makes a real difference in a specific child’s life and leaves the donors feeling really good about themselves,” it says.Gift guidelinesThe website indicates a list of items that must be packed into each box – and those to be avoided. Boxes are required to contain a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and a facecloth, an item of clothing, educational supplies, sweets and a toy. This carefully thought-out list ensures the child gets something to use, to wear, to do, to eat and to love.Gift ideas for each category are provided, with further ideas for boxes for babies and teenagers. All gifts must be new and age-appropriate. The organisation also warns of items which should not be packed into the box, such as fragile objects, electronics, medicines or violence-related toys such as guns or soldiers.Creativity is encouraged in both gift selection and decorating of the boxes, which can then become special keepsake boxes for the children – many of whom might never previously have had anything they could claim as exclusively their own.Volunteers at the designated drop-off points receive the boxes for distribution – this year to about 350 child-care facilities throughout the country, usually at Joy of Giving celebration parties.And Keen found plenty of local businesses only too happy to come to the party this year – all of Port Elizabeth’s celebration events have been sponsored by local companies, further enhancing the children’s Christmas experience.For her, being involved in “this amazing project” has been a humbling experience, Keen says. “It has been absolutely fantastic to realise how many genuine, caring and wonderful people filled with humanity there are out there.”And she has indeed seen the joy that both giving and receiving can bring. “Parents have really encouraged their children to get involved and make this project their own,” she says. “So youngsters have arrived beaming and proudly bearing their boxes – to be given to ‘a little boy’ or ‘a little girl … just like me’.”And the excitement and joy that opening a box holds for the receiver are something to behold, she says. “We had one young boy of about 10 who nearly went into orbit with delight when he unpacked his box to find a really cool Ben 10 t-shirt inside.”So, while it might not yet be the night before Christmas, Santa’s ever-growing band of helpers is already out there, hard at work delivering the goods.Swellendam Santashoebox Celebrationslast_img read more