Calne superstore sets up collection box in aid of Operation Christmas Child (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Calne superstore sets up collection box in aid of Operation Christmas Child
11:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Staff and customers at Sainsbury’s in Calne are backing this year’s Operation Christmas Child appeal by collecting gifts for disadvantaged children across Africa and eastern Europe.
The annual appeal is run by the Samaritan’s Purse charity and every year thousands of gift-wrapped shoe boxes are filled with toys and accessories by people across the country.
To help, Sainsbury’s staff have placed a trolley covered with tinsel in the store for customers to drop off gifts, and these will be packed by volunteers at the charity’s Melksham depot.
Bakery assistant Laura Fortey, 24, set up the collection point after seeing an Operation Christmas Child article in the Gazette & Herald this month.
She has a two-year-old daughter called Isabella and said she hated to think of any child without a present on Christmas Day.
She said: “Isabella loves Christmas and that’s what it’s about. It’s for kids really, because you get more enjoyment watching them. You wouldn’t want to think any kid doesn’t have anything.”
Customers can fill the trolley with soft toys, hairbrushes, bars of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and educational items including pens, pencils, colouring books and stickers.
Gifts collected by November 2 will go towards this year’s appeal and gifts collected afterwards will go towards next year’s appeal.
Miss Fortey, who has worked at Sainsbury’s for three years, has made two boxes with the help of Isabella and also plans to help pack boxes at the Melksham depot for a day.
For details, visit www. operationchristmaschild.org.uk
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