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Norfolk plea to join Christmas shoebox appeal

Samaritan’s Purse is appealing to everyone across Norfolk to join others in their community and help bring joy and hope to one million children as part of this year’s
Operation Christmas Child appeal.


Over the past 23 years, globally, through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered over 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children in over 100 countries. 

Right now teams of Operation Christmas Child volunteers across Norfolk are busy setting up Drop Off Points and warehouses in order to collect and process the thousands of shoeboxes that will be sent from Norfolk to children in countries like Belarus, Liberia, Romania, Swaziland and Ukraine this Christmas, but more help is urgently needed.

“Christmas is almost upon us and we urgently need people in Norfolk to work with us to help us reach our target of delivering one million shoeboxes from the UK this year,” said Chris Roberts, Samaritan’s Purse Regional Manager for Norfolk.

"Getting involved in Operation Christmas Child, wrapping and packing shoeboxes can be such fun and is always hugely rewarding.  Every year we see people organising their work colleagues, teachers working with parents and schoolchildren and churches inviting their communities to get involved. 

"This small investment of time will bring smiles to the faces of so many children overseas this Christmas.  These children are always so thankful to know that someone on the other side of the world cares about them.”

To find out the nearest centre where people can drop off their shoeboxes go to: and key in your postcode.

Twitter: @OCC-UK

Pictured above are happy young shoebox recipients in Swaziland.

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