Donations flood in for Operation Christmas Child

PUBLISHED: 06:53 29 November 2010

Home and Offiice Storage Co. Station Rd, WsM. Operation Christmas Child, Georgna and Roger Nightingale and Glyn Davis with boxes ready for collection.

Home and Offiice Storage Co. Station Rd, WsM. Operation Christmas Child, Georgna and Roger Nightingale and Glyn Davis with boxes ready for collection.

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'TIS the season to be giving, and thousands of people in Weston and North Somerset have been showing their generosity by donating shoe-boxes to be sent to less-fortunate children in Eastern Europe.

Christmas  boxes for children in need, Mendip Green School, Worle.Alfie and Ashleigh.

The deadline for Operation Christmas Child passed on Thursday (Nov 18), and the donations gathered at different collections around the area are now set to be sent for shipment to their destination, Belarus.

The annual children’s charity has this year celebrated the 20th anniversary of its shoebox campaign, which has seen presents sent to disadvantaged children all over the world.

Geraldine Burgess, the charity’s coordinator for Weston and North Somerset, said: “I think we’ve got around 3,000 boxes at the moment, but we always expect some more to come in after the deadline.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who sent in a box as it’s so important because they’re going to children who don’t have anything at all: a lot of the children care more about the box itself than what’s inside it.

Bucket and Spade, Weston Village, collecting point for Operation Christmas Child. Manager Emma Wright and staff member Joanna Gillard with lots of boxes.

“I hope the people who have made the boxes have pleasure in making them, we’ve certainly had smiles on our faces collecting them and there will be a lot of smiles on the faces of the children who receive them come Christmas.”

Jenny Lippiatt, coordinator for the South West said: “When the first gift-filled shoeboxes were delivered in 1990 to children living in terrible conditions in Romanian orphanages, no-one really thought the campaign would still be going 20 years on.

“However, it really caught people’s imagination and the campaign has grown to help vulnerable children in a wide range of countries. Sadly, many tens of thousands of children are living in very challenging situations today, and the kindness of those who donate a gift-filled shoebox is every bit as important now as it was in 1990.”

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