Staff at Specsavers Penarth are celebrating after their appeal to collect Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children received an impressive response from the local community.
The store, along with the Specsavers stores on Albany Road and Queen Street, Cardiff have collected 500 shoe boxes filled with toys and gifts to donate to the Operation Christmas Child appeal.
Last year the stores collected 392 boxes but this year the stores increased their donation by more than 100 boxes thanks to the support from the Cardiff and Penarth community.
Operation Christmas Child is an annual appeal organised by Samaritan's Purse that provides vulnerable children in more than 150 countries with gifts over the Christmas period. In the past 25 years, more than 124 million children have benefited from the campaign, receiving toys, sweets, notebooks, jewelry as well as simple toiletries like toothbrushes and soap.
Frank Moloney, director of Specsavers in Cardiff and Penarth, said: ‘This is the fifth year that we have supported the Operation Christmas Child appeal, and every year we’re delighted with the response we receive. This campaign encourages members of the community to think about those who are less fortunate than us at a time of year when we share gifts to mark the festive season.
‘A box with a few simple items, which may seem like stocking-fillers to many of us, will go a long way to making a disadvantaged child’s Christmas much happier this year.’