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Wiltshire people can bring joy to a child
Christmas shopping may feel like a long way off, but across Wiltshire preparations are already under way for a very special series of gifts.
Saturday saw the official launch of the 2013 Operation Christmas Child appeal, which looks to supply gift-wrapped present boxes to disadvantaged children across Africa and Eastern Europe.
Last year’s campaign saw the people of Wiltshire donate more than 25,000 shoeboxes to the Samaritan’s Purse charity, and work has already begun on this year’s effort.
The launch saw more than 50 people come to the charity’s storage depot in Bowerhill, where the donated boxes are all loaded onto the fleet of delivery lorries.
Area co-ordinator Hilary McFall said: “It was really brilliant, we had lots of people come in, and we had great fun covering shoeboxes.
“We had an open day for people to come along and see what we do, where children and adults came down to help prepare the boxes and collect leaflets to give out to people.
“We’re really getting into the swing of it now; this is where the work starts.”
Anyone can prepare a box for the appeal, which can be dropped off at a number of locations across the county.
* What to add – and where to drop it off -
Shoeboxes must be no more than 18x30x13cm, and need to be prepared for either a boy or a girl.
Each needs to contain items from four categories; toys, educational supplies, hygiene items and clothing accessories, including gloves, scarves, hats or necklaces.
Each box also needs a minimum £3 ‘shipping
donation’, and to be wrapped in paper.
Drop off points -
Wiltshire Times, 15 Duke Street, Trowbridge; Shoe Zone, 52 Fore Street, Trowbridge; Samaritan’s Purse, Unit 12 Hercules Way, Bowerhill; SpecSavers, 29 Bank Street, Melksham; Tillions, 6A The Shambles, Bradford on Avon; Sainsbury’s, Elm Cross Shopping Centre, Bradford on Avon; Chantry TV, 4 High Street, Westbury; Warminster Prep School, 11 Vicarage Street, Warminster.
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