Specsavers in Basingstoke is backing the Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box Appeal this year and hopes to receive lots of donations for this amazing cause.

What's the cause

Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works with communities in need in countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.   The Shoe Box Appeal is one small way to help those in need at Christmas time.

What's required

Colleagues at Specsavers in Basingstoke is asking the community to take an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper. Attach the appropriate boy/girl label, marking if your gift is for a boy or a girl. Select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and attach the label to the top of your shoebox.

Then the fun begins!  You can fill with gifts, be it fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies.

Make your project donation

A suggested donation of £5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well-organised children's event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need.  For more information, visit the charity's website here.

Mandeep Aujla from Specsavers Basingstoke said: 'We wanted to take advantage of our high footfall destination to support a worthy cause this Christmas time and this one really resonated with the team. We really hope that others will get behind it and help make Christmas very special for those in need.'

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