Specsavers in Market Harborough has collected more than 300 goody-filled shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal, Operation Christmas Child.

The team appealed to kind-hearted customers throughout November to support the annual appeal. Filled with gifts such as toys, school supplies and toiletries, the boxes will now be distributed to disadvantaged children around the world.

‘We’re so proud to be supporting Operation Christmas Child again this year,’ said Barry Henning, store director. ‘Christmas is a time for giving and I’m sure these gifts will help to put a smile on children’s faces in disadvantaged parts of the world this Christmas.

‘We’d just like to say a special thank you to everybody who generously brought in a box, particularly Brigstock Primary School and All Leisure Ltd who each dropped off around 50 boxes.’

Samaritan’s Purse launched Operation Christmas Child in the UK in 1995, and with the support of businesses such as Specsavers, helps to make Christmas a reality for children in disadvantaged countries around the world.

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