Shoe­boxes full of love and gifts for chil­dren in need

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

NA­TIONAL char­ity Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse has ex­tended its thanks to an Amer­sham busi­ness for its ef­forts to­wards col­lect­ing thou­sands of gift-filled shoe­boxes.

The Re­gus cen­tre in The Broad­way in Amer­sham took place in the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child ap­peal for the third year in a row.

The shoe­boxes, put to­gether by the pub­lic, lo­cal busi­nesses, schools and churches, con­tained ev­ery­thing from sweets and toys to tooth­brushes, colour­ing books and stick­ers.

They were dis­trib­uted in time for Christ­mas to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in or­phan­ages, hos­pi­tals and refugee camps in some of the world’s poor­est coun­tries.

This is the third year that Re­gus, the flex­i­ble work­place provider, has been in­volved in the shoe­box ap­peal with more than 300 UK cen­tres col­lect­ing over 15,000 shoe­boxes be­tween them.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, the char­ity which or­gan­ises the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child shoe­box ap­peal, Si­mon Bar­ring­ton said: “The Re­gus net­work of lo­cal work­place cen­tres was ideally po­si­tioned to sup­port the ap­peal and we would like to thank the com­pany for its con­tin­ued sup­port.

“We would also like to ex­tend our thanks to all the mem­bers of the pub­lic who wrapped, packed and brought in their shoe­boxes. Be­cause of them, many thou­sands of chil­dren who wouldn’t have any presents Christ­mas knew weren’t for­got­ten.”

CEO of Re­gus in the UK Richard Mor­ris said: “We’re al­ways de­lighted to sup­port the ap­peal and the re­sponse this year has been over­whelm­ing.

“Our cen­tre teams thor­oughly en­joyed their par­tic­i­pa­tion and were very happy to get in­volved and do their bit to help this very worth­while cause.”

Since the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child ap­peal launched 22 years ago, more than 124 mil­lion chil­dren in 150 coun­tries around the world have re­ceived a Christ­mas shoe­box.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.op­er­a­tion christ­maschild.org.uk. oth­er­wise re­ceived this they

Chil­dren in Uganda re­ceive their presents, kindly do­nated through the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child ap­peal, which Re­gus sup­ported

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