Shoebox appeal is a massive success

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MORE than 10,000 gift-filled shoeboxes have been sent to vulnerable children in Belarus as part of Operation Christmas Child.

The shoeboxes have been donated by various organisations and individuals across Suffolk and packed by teams of volunteers at processing centres in both Sudbury and Ipswich.

Gordon McCann, Suffolk regional manager for the annual children’s charity project, said it was fantastic so many people had spent time putting together shoeboxes, with a total of 12,600 being sent.

“It is tremendous to see such kindness, particularly at a time when the economic downturn is hitting so many people,” he said.

“Everyone who has donated a shoebox can be absolutely certain that it will have a very positive impact on the child who receives it.”

Mr McCann said the gifts – filled with toys, toiletries and educational items – would help spread a little joy to underprivileged children this Christmas.

“We have had some great support from the public and from our volunteers who work so hard and I wish everyone could see the smiles on the children’s faces when they get their shoebox,” he added.