‘A big thank you’ from the Samaritans

Alan Goodman with some of the boxes, before they are shipped out
Alan Goodman with some of the boxes, before they are shipped out

More than 12,200 gift-filled shoeboxes have been donated by kind families from across Buckinghamshire.

The boxes, part of Operation Christmas Child, were sent to vulnerable children in Belarus, Bosnia, Romania and Swaziland.

They were distributed via a processing centre in Thame,

Roger Fenton, Buckinghamshire regional manager for Operation Christmas Child, said: “I would like to thank the volunteers at our local collection sites and all those who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box gift.

“For many of the children who receive these gifts, this shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.

“Thank you again to everyone who took part in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope to children worldwide.”

Since 1990, through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s has been providing simple gifts to children in over 100 countries, More than 100 million shoeboxes have been donated worldwide.

Samaritan’s spokesman Simon Barrington said: “Well it’s absolutely amazing that over 6,000 volunteers have got engaged in helping us deliver these shoeboxes to countries around the world.

“Volunteers have been driving vans, processing boxes in warehouses, driving fork lift trucks, packing Lorries simply because these people care about children overseas and it shows the spirit of Christmas is truly alive and well and working in every region of the country.

“It took us 23 years to reach our first 100 million, but the programme is still growing and each year more children around the world are receiving gift-filled shoeboxes.

“I’m confident we can achieve the next 100 million boxes in 10 years.”

For more details visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk