Operation Christmas Child thanks Exmouth

EXMOUTH residents have been thanked for contributing to over 35,400 gift-filled shoeboxes for vulnerable children.

EXMOUTH residents have been thanked for contributing to over 35,400 gift-filled shoeboxes for vulnerable children.

Operation Christmas Child collect the shoeboxes, packed with toys, educational items, sweets and other small gifts, to bring Christmas joy to children who are living in difficult conditions in orphanages, children’s homes, street shelters and hospitals.

Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child, Roger Fenton, said: “People in Exmouth have been brilliant.

“Times are quite tough for many, but they have still gone out of their way to pack a shoebox.

“The encouraging comments our volunteers get when collecting shoeboxes from schools, churches, businesses, at drop-off points and from people handing them in at the warehouse remind us there are many good, kind-hearted people out there.

“We see thoughtfulness from all ages and walks of life and it is very humbling. I wish each of these people could see the impact their shoeboxes have on the children who get them. It really makes a difference and brings joy and happiness to children who have very difficult lives.

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A new online service that allows people to donate a shoebox up to December 25. All they need to do is go to www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/shoeboxworld.