Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child appeal

Christmas shoebox appeal
Christmas shoebox appeal

If you want to brighten up a child’s Christmas this year, you have until next week to fill a shoebox with goodies for sending to developing and war torn countries.

Flexible workplace provider Regus are providing local drop off points until Wednesday, November 18 for this year’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal. Run in conjunction with the Samaritan’s Purse charity, the appeal involves filling shoeboxes with toys and gifts to send to children overseas in refugee camps, orphanages, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods.

Richard Morris, UK chief executive at Regus, said: “We’re delighted to support this very worthy cause which brightens up Christmas time for disadvantaged children, including those caught up in the Syrian crisis and those living in refugee camps. Local businesses, schools and individuals are encouraged to get involved and donate their shoeboxes at any of our centres.”

Shoeboxes can be dropped off at the Regus centres at Breakspear Park and 39 Mark Road until Wednesday, November 18 on weekdays between 8.30am and 6pm.

More than 300 Regus centres in the UK are taking part in the initiative, including 75 centres in central London providing drop-off points for London commuters.

Regus operates a global network of flexible, modern work spaces including business lounges, meeting rooms and day offices.

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How to pack your Christmas shoebox:

Remember to make your box both fun and educational! All shoebox items should be new and can contain gifts such as:

Toys: cuddly toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, skipping rope, small musical instrument. For boys: toy trucks and cars and for girls: dolls, hair accessories - but no war-related items.

Educational supplies: pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, stickers.

Hygiene items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel, but no liquids.

Other items: Sweets except chocolate and biscuits (sell by date must be at least March 2016), gloves, scarf, cap, warm hat. No sharp or easily breakable items.