Specsavers in Market Harborough is helping to ensure that disadvantaged children receive Christmas gifts this year by collecting shoeboxes full of presents for the Operation Christmas Child appeal.

Fill a shoebox

Members of staff from Specsavers at St Mary’s Place are encouraging local residents to take part in the campaign, which is run by international charity Samaritan’s Purse, and donate gifts to spread goodwill during the festive season to underprivileged children around the world.  

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 – two to four years old, five to nine or ten to 14. Boxes can be filled with a range of gifts including toys, school supplies or other items such as toothpaste, soap and hairbrushes. 

A word from the store director

‘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,’ commented store director, Barry Henning. ‘Operation Christmas Child is a great cause and we’re delighted to be supporting the campaign once again this year.’

Barry added: ‘We are 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 and bring their filled boxes directly to us. 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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