Specsavers in Bridgend has collected more than 180 shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts that will be given to disadvantaged children.

Success of appeal

Staff are celebrating the success of their appeal, which has seen the opticians donate 182 shoe boxes filled with toys and gifts to Operation Christmas Child.

‘We have supported Operation Christmas Child for many years now and the response from our customers and members of the public is always fantastic,’ says Carly Hicks, store manager of Specsavers in Bridgend.

The appeal makes us all stop and think of those who are less fortunate than us. It’s wonderful that a shoebox full of what we might deem as “small” gifts or stocking fillers can go a long way to making a child’s Christmas that bit happier, and we’re very grateful to everyone who has donated so generously.’

Spread goodwill across the world

Operation Christmas Child, which is run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse, aims to spread goodwill during the festive season to underprivileged children around the world.

It provides gifts to vulnerable children in more than 150 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia over the Christmas period.

In the past 25 years, more than 124 million children have benefited from the campaign, receiving toys, sweets, notebooks and jewellry, as well as toiletries like toothbrushes and soap.

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