Annual charity drive to provide presents for underprivileged children
12:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in Latest News
Devizes organiser Ursula McKinnon is asking for help to spread some happiness to underprivileged children across the world by packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Mrs McKinnon, of Broadleas Road, has been involved with the project for the past 17 years and is seeking volunteers to pack goods into shoeboxes before they are transported overseas.
Packing takes place on Saturday, November 2, at St Andrew’s Church, Long Street, Devizes, and she would love to beat last year’s total of 638 shoeboxes.
Mrs McKinnon said: “It’s such absolute fun packing the shoeboxes, it’s addictive. It’s a cause that is still as popular as ever with the public, people love doing it. My main reason for doing this is to show a child that somebody cares.
“We want to pack as many shoeboxes as we can to make children happy. There are still children who feel they have been forgotten. A child who receives a shoebox knows somebody somewhere thought of them.”
Mrs McKinnon and her husband, John, have been collecting items from well wishers to put in the shoeboxes all year.
The goodies range from toys, toiletries to stationery. Mrs McKinnon also runs a craft club at St Andrew’s Church and members knit hats and mittens for the shoeboxes.
The Devizes shoeboxes are sent from a depot in Melksham and last year more than 25,000 shoeboxes were sent from Melksham. The shoeboxes go to Liberia and Belarus.
The packing at St Andrew’s Church on November 2 is from 9am and usually finishes about 3pm.
Mrs McKinnon is also appealing for volunteers to help set up the church hall the day before from 4pm for a few hours. This involves unloading a van and sorting the items on to different tables ready for the packing.
This is the 23rd year of Operation Christmas Child, which is run by Samaritan’s Purse. Some 100 million shoeboxes have been distributed to needy children in 156 countries..
To help or for more information, call Mr and Mrs McKinnon on (01380) 726746.
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