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Shoebox appeal is ready for the off
IT may seem too early to even start thinking about Christmas, but a charity is asking people to start their festive planning early in support of a very worthy cause.
Each year, the Operation Christmas Child campaign, run by Samaritan’s Purse, delivers hundreds of thousands of festive shoeboxes packed with simple gifts to less fortunate children all over the world.
Last year, the campaign reached its landmark 100 millionth shoebox after running for just 23 years.
Organisers are now targeting another 100 million over the next 10 years, and Bob James, area co-ordinator for Worcestershire, is calling on schools, churches, offices and individuals to support the cause.
“We’re so thankful that despite such challenging times people from a wide range of communities throughout Worcestershire generously contributed gift-filled shoeboxes and helped us deliver our 100 millionth shoebox last year,”
“As international aid continues to be impacted by the global economic crisis, now more than ever the most vulnerable children around the world desperately need to know someone cares for them.”
Mr James said people can get involved by simply filling a shoebox, organising shoeboxfilling workshops or even opening their doors to act as drop-off points. Volunteers are always needed to collect shoeboxes from drop-off points and deliver them to local processing centres, or to check the contents and seal the boxes before they are sent off all over the world.
One Worcestershire venue already confirmed as a drop-off point is the Baptist Church in Old Street, Upton-upon-Severn.
It will be opening its doors for donations from Tuesday, October 15, and is planning its annual shoebox filling workshop from 9.30am on Friday, November 1.
Upton co-ordinator Barrie Burch said: “We would welcome any local help to make this the success of past years.”
For more information or to get involved visit operationchristmaschild.
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