More than 80 vulnerable children worldwide will open presents from Monmouth residents following a Specsavers charity shoebox appeal.
The team in Monmouth were overwhelmed by customers’ generous donations to Operation Christmas Child – an annual appeal by international charity Samaritan’s Purse asking people to fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies and hygiene items that can then be posted to children in vulnerable communities around the world.
Staff encouraged the local community to donate shoe boxes filled with toys, clothes, sweets, toiletries, jewellery and other gifts.
In total, the team received 84 shoe boxes filled with goods, which the charity gives out to vulnerable children.
Spreading joy to vulnerable families
Emily-Anne Frost, the store director of Specsavers in Monmouth, says: ‘We have been humbled by the response to this appeal. It’s so easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about what’s happening elsewhere in the world.
'So we are extremely proud that our customers embraced the sentiment of this appeal so whole-heartedly and spent time donating shoe boxes with unwanted gifts and everyday items in the hope of spreading some joy to vulnerable families worldwide.
‘A shoe box filled with everyday items may not seem like much, but it could mean the world to a young boy or girl somewhere.’