Nottinghamshire volunteers praised for shoebox effort

OPERATION Christmas Child has reached the milestone of delivering 100 million shoeboxes to needy children around the world thanks to the support of residents in Nottinghamshire.

Since 1990, through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse has been providing gifts to children in over 100 countries.

More than 15,900 gift filled shoeboxes from across Nottinghamshire have been exported to vulnerable children in Belarus, Liberia and Ukraine.

They were sent from processing centres in Mansfield, Chesterfield and Nottingham as part of Operation Christmas Child, one of the UK’s largest annual children’s charity projects.

Nottinghamshire Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child, Keith Gibbons, said: “I would like to thank the volunteers at our local collection sites and all those who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box For some , this shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.”