Hundreds of shoeboxes filled with gifts are sent off across the world

Gemma Reynolds and Caroline Jones with shoeboxes at Regus, Hemel Hempstead.

Gemma Reynolds and Caroline Jones with shoeboxes at Regus, Hemel Hempstead.

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Shoeboxes filled with gifts donated by generous residents around Hemel Hempstead are winging their way across the globe.

Disadvantaged children in all parts of the world will receive presents this Christmas - thanks to the goodwill of the community and flexible workplace provider Regus who have supported the campaign.

Over the last few weeks, individuals and groups have donated more than 350 present-filled shoeboxes at the Regus centres at Breakspear Park and 39 Mark Road which have supported Operation Christmas Child appeal for the third year. The Hemel Hempstead centres are part of a network of more than 300 Regus centres in the UK which together collected over 15,000 boxes.

Run in conjunction with international relief charity Samaritan’s Purse, the appeal involved filling shoeboxes with small toys, sweets and other gifts to send to children overseas living in refugee camps, orphanages, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods.

Richard Morris, CEO of Regus in the UK, said: “Operation Christmas Child is a very worthwhile cause and we’re delighted that our local network of Regus centres could help by acting as drop off points again this year. We’d like to extend our thanks to all the local businesses, schools, groups and individuals who got involved in the appeal and brought in their shoeboxes to our centres.”

Since the Operation Christmas Child appeal launched 22 years ago, more than 124 million children in 150 countries around the world have received a Christmas shoebox.

Regus operates a global network of flexible, modern work spaces including business lounges, meeting rooms and day offices. Visit www.regus.co.uk and www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk