Operation Christmas Child is ready to launch and we’re backing appeal
10:20am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Latest News
AFTER a record-breaking year Operation Christmas Child is back, and the Gazette and Herald is backing this year’s appeal to be the best one yet.
Last year people across the county donated more than 25,000 gift-wrapped shoeboxes loaded with gifts and toys, which were transported to disadvantaged children across Africa and Eastern Europe.
The annual appeal is run by the Samaritan’s Purse charity, with every box passing through its Melksham depot, where area coordinator Hilary McFall is on hand to oversee them all.
She said: “I want to say a big thank you very much for all the wonderful support from the people of Wiltshire, we’re very grateful for it.
“The children love the shoeboxes and when the reports come back of their excitement when they open them it makes all the work worthwhile.”
This year’s appeal will be launched with an open day at the depot on Saturday, where supporters can find out more about the campaign. Mrs McFall said: “We’ll be packing up the very first shoeboxes as one or two have come in already, and we’ll have empty boxes for people to take home and fill.
“We’re also having a little competition to see who can wrap a box the quickest, and there’ll be a DVD to watch, showing where the boxes go.”
The open day runs from 10am-2pm on Saturday at 12 Hercules Way, Bowerhill.
For details on how to help or what to include in a shoebox, visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk.
Finished boxes can be handed in at designated drop-off points, including the Gazette and Herald office at 15 Duke Street, Trowbridge.
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