Boxes of smiles for needy children

More than 130 shoe boxes packed with gifts have been collected at St Clement's Church, Outwell over the last week as part of Operation Christmas Child. They will be sent to needy children around the world on behalf of the charity Samaritan's Christmas Purse. Doors closed for collection on Saturday and the huge pile of decorated boxes was blessed before their journey by the Rector, the Rev Alan Jesson
More than 130 shoe boxes packed with gifts have been collected at St Clement's Church, Outwell over the last week as part of Operation Christmas Child. They will be sent to needy children around the world on behalf of the charity Samaritan's Christmas Purse. Doors closed for collection on Saturday and the huge pile of decorated boxes was blessed before their journey by the Rector, the Rev Alan Jesson
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MORE than 130 shoeboxes of gifts were sent from St Clement’s Church in Outwell on Saturday as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Appeal.

The church acted as a drop off point for this year’s Operation Christmas Child, which sees the shoeboxes shipped out to needy children all over the world.

Ruth Saunders was the local organiser and said: “Filling a shoe box is such a small thing to do but we know that it will bring enormous pleasure to every child who receives one – and there are so many who will otherwise receive next to nothing this Christmas.

“They are likely to treasure the contents of their boxes long after our own children have become bored and discarded many of the gifts they will receive this festive season.”

A special service was held at St Clement’s after doors closed for collection and the boxes were blessed by Rev Alan Jesson before being sent on.