Shoeboxes full of love and gifts for children in need
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