Samaritan’s Purse is pleased to report that, of almost 10 million gift-filled shoe boxes shipped to needy children around the world through Operation Christmas Child, well over 900,000 shoe boxes were donated by individuals, groups, churches, schools and workplaces here in the UK.
Samaritan’s Purse wants to express its gratitude to the many people, children and adults alike, who donated shoeboxes, and affirm the contribution made by volunteers, and supporting organisations, across Staffordshire who made this amazing achievement possible.
“We’re so thankful for the amazing generosity of people in Staffordshire. We can only imagine the joy a child feels when they receive a shoebox, packed with gifts, from someone they don’t know, but someone who cared enough for them and showed them that they are not forgotten at Christmas,” explains Ian Taylor, Regional Manager for Staffordshire.
This year, for the first time, gift-filled shoeboxes were sent from donors in the UK to children in Rwanda. In April 2014, Rwanda will mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide that saw almost one million people killed in 100 days.
Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director Simon Barrington explains: “This complements the ongoing programmes that we have in Rwanda to lift vulnerable children and families out of poverty.”
He concluded: “Over the past 23 years, Operation Christmas Child has sent more than 113 million boxes to children in over 130 countries. The demand is huge and is increasing, year to year. I want to encourage more people in Staffordshire to get involved with this amazing programme, so that we can reach even more children with shoeboxes packed with gifts.”
To find out more go to: www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk