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Business sends boxes of joy out to orphans

Christmas Cheer: Children in Swaziland receive their Christmas presents, kindly donated through the Operation Christmas Child appeal

Christmas Cheer: Children in Swaziland receive their Christmas presents, kindly donated through the Operation Christmas Child appeal

A national charity has thanked a Preston branch for its part in spreading Christmas cheer to underprivileged children.

The Samaritan’s Purse extended its thanks to the local Regus centre at The Pavillions, Ashton-on-Ribble, for their charitable efforts.

The Preston branch is one of 220 centres across the UK that collected 5,000 shoeboxes between them for the Christmas Child Shoebox appeal.

The shoeboxes were put together by the general public and contained everything from colouring books to toothbrushes, from sweets to toys.

And the boxes were shipped out in time for a Christmas delivery by Regus to children in orphanges, refugee camps and hospitals. And Simon Barrington, executive director of Samaritan’s Purse, the charity which organises the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal, said: “The Regus network of local workplace centres was ideally positioned to support us with the appeal.

“We would like to thank Regus and all the members of the public who wrapped, packed and brought in their shoeboxes. Thanks to them, many thousands of children who otherwise wouldn’t have received any presents this Christmas knew they weren’t forgotten.”

 

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