A DESPERATE appeal for a warehouse – from which to base the packing operation for thousands of Christmas presents – has been answered.
The Sudbury branch of Operation Christmas Child, a charity which sends gift-filled shoeboxes to underprivileged children abroad, was in jeopardy after struggling to find a suitable building to work from.
Earlier this month, the organisation approached the Free Press asking for help in spreading the word – and with only weeks to spare before the operation is launched, a warehouse has been found.
Sudbury co-ordinator Nina Harding said: “It is just fantastic news.
“We have been offered a 20,000 square foot warehouse right in the centre of Sudbury. It is exactly what we wanted but what we never dared to dream we would get.”
The company responsible for providing the building in Chilton Industrial Estate, is builder’s merchants Ridgeons, which has a branch in Sudbury.
Miss Harding, from Bulmer, said she was contacted by the firm’s group property director, Tony Greavitt, on Monday, and could not believe it when he told her the good news.
“I was amazed,” she said. “We have gone from nothing to a warehouse with a private car park, with no through traffic and modern facilities.”
The shoebox appeal will run until early December.
For the full story see last week’s Free Press.