Generous Milton Keynes residents helped to provide underprivileged children with a Christmas surprise in time for December 25, courtesy of the charity Samaritan’s Purse.
Thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes were collected by the charity from its local centre at Midsummer Boulevard and Fairbourne Drive, and were given out to underprivileged children in orphanages, hospitals and refugee camps as part of the Operation Christmas Child appeal.
Members of the public, local businesses, schools and churches all donated towards the boxes, which contained everything from sweets and toys to toothbrushes and colouring books.
Simon Barrington, executive director of Samaritan’s Purse, the charity which organises the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal, said: “We would like to thank the Regus network of local workplace centres for their support again this year, as well as all the members of the public who wrapped, packed and brought in their shoeboxes.
“Thanks to them, many thousands of children who otherwise wouldn’t have received any presents this Christmas knew they weren’t forgotten.”
Find out more at www.regus.co.uk or www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk