Charity’s desperate appeal

THE process of sending thousands of Christmas presents to underprivileged children abroad is in jeopardy, with the organisation behind the project unable to find a base in Sudbury.

The Sudbury branch of Operation Christmas Child, which sends gift-filled shoeboxes around the world, is desperately trying to find a suitable building where its team of volunteers can work from.

With the clock ticking and the 150-strong team ready to spring into action in November, an appeal has been launched to find a warehouse or barn for packing operation.

Sudbury co-ordinator Nina Harding said: “We are running out of options and have a huge team ready to assemble the gifts but nowhere to go.

“They all expect us to find somewhere and will be heartbroken if we don’t. We need a place that is fit for purpose and provides a safe environment for our volunteers.”

The operation has been running for more than 20 years, sending boxes packed with toys, educational items, sweets and other small gifts. Last year, the Sudbury centre sent 11,000 boxes to children across Eastern Europe and Africa.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.