Exmouth schoolgirl's boxing clever thanks to your support

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 October 2015

Abbie Clarke, aged nine, of Martins Road, Brixington, set herself a challenge of filling 21 shoeboxes with gifts for needy youngsters in Africa, in support of Operation Christmas Child.

Abbie Clarke, aged nine, of Martins Road, Brixington, set herself a challenge of filling 21 shoeboxes with gifts for needy youngsters in Africa, in support of Operation Christmas Child.

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A schoolgirl charity champion filling shoeboxes with goodies for African children has thanked everyone who donated gifts.

Abbie Clarke, nine, of Martins Road, Brixington, set herself a challenge of filling 21 shoeboxes with gifts for needy youngsters in Africa, in support of Operation Christmas Child.

Thanks to the support of people in Exmouth, the youngster has smashed her original target and is on her way to filling 40 shoeboxes – almost double her original plan.

Mum Sarah Clarke, 42, said her daughter’s shoebox appeal had been a success because of the generosity of the community.

She said: “Lots of really kind people have been taking donations into W H Smiths, which means Abbie has now managed to fill 30 shoeboxes.

“She still hasn’t quite finished. I need to go out and get a few more boxes to wrap, but I think she’ll have over 40 when we are finished in a few days’ time. She wouldn’t have been able to do it without the kind donations people gave.

“She’s really pleased, but wishes she could see them open the boxes.”

Abbie, who recently donated her birthday cash to African children and baked cakes to raise funds for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, collected and wrapped empty shoe boxes, filling them with books, toys and toiletries.

● To find out more about the shoebox appeal, visit:

www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Track Abbie’s fundraising efforts at: https://m.facebook.com/abbiesraisingfunds

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