The team at Market Harborough Specsavers is appealing for present-filled shoeboxes to help ensure disadvantaged children receive Christmas gifts this year, as part of the Operation Christmas Child appeal.

International campaign
Local residents can take part in the campaign, which is run by international charity Samaritan’s Purse, donating gifts to spread goodwill during the festive season to underprivileged children around the world.

Gifts for children in need
‘For many of us, Christmas is a time to give and receive gifts with our loved ones, but there are so many children across the world who won’t be waking up to presents under a tree this festive season,’ said store director, Barry Henning.

‘We’re delighted to be supporting the campaign once again this year.’

People are being asked to fill a shoebox and mark whether it is intended for a boy or girl, as well as their age category – 2 to 4 years old, 5 to 9 or 10 to 14. Boxes can be filled with a range of gifts including toys, school supplies or other items such as toothpaste, soap and hairbrushes.

Get involved
Barry added: ‘We're acting as a collection hub for the charity so anyone looking to donate a shoebox can collect labels and instructions from us in the store. If you want to get involved, please ensure you drop off your filled shoeboxes by Monday 18 November. While the items may seem small to us, they will go a long way to putting smiles on so many faces this Christmas.’

Established in 1970, Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that provides aid to disadvantaged communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Operation Christmas Child is one of the organisation’s biggest initiatives, with thousands of churches, schools and businesses across the country donating and collecting shoeboxes to be sent overseas.

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