Samaritan’s Purse look for help for this year’s appeal from local community

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After delivering their 100 millionth shoebox last year, Samaritan’s Purse is calling for help from churches, schools, businesses and individuals across Angus to bring joy to another one million children this Christmas.

After 23 years, the global efforts of Operation Christmas Child have enabled Samaritan’s Purse to surpass their goal of reaching 100 million needy children in 156 countries. Now the charity is hoping to send another 100 million shoeboxes within the next ten years.

Now, with ‘green shoots of recovery’ emerging, Samaritan’s Purse Regional Manager for Angus Chris Thomson is asking for help to continue this great work: “We’re so thankful that despite such challenging times people from a wide range of communities throughout Angus generously contributed gift-filled shoeboxes and helped us deliver our 100 millionth shoebox last year.

“As international aid continues to be impacted by the global economic crisis, now more than ever the most vulnerable children around the world desperately need to know someone cares for them.”

Individuals and organisations, such as churches, schools and workplaces, can wrap and pack shoeboxes with gifts.

Organisations can open their doors to the public and be ‘drop off points’ for people to take their gift-filled shoeboxes to.

People able to drive can volunteer as drivers to collect shoeboxes from ‘drop off points’ and take to local processing centres.

Other people can volunteer to check and seal shoeboxes in processing centres and pack cartons.

To make it easier to get hold of shoeboxes, Operation Christmas Child can now provide decorative ‘GO’ boxes, available flat-packed in cases of 100.

These boxes can not only be used by individuals finding it difficult to find shoeboxes, but they can also be shared with their friends, families and work colleagues – anyone who has a heart for children!

Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director Simon Barrington concluded: “Reaching 100 million is a wonderful outpouring of generosity up and down the country.

“Times are hard in the UK, many people are finding things tough, but there are children who live in the poorest of situations, in refugee camps, and in orphanages, who have nobody to care for them, who’ve never received a gift in their whole life. So we’re asking people to be generous once more.”

Find out how you can be part of this year’s Operation Christmas Child campaign go to: www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk for instructions on how to complete a gift-filled shoebox in time for the November 18 deadline.