Festive boxes for poor children overseas

Many members of the Morpeth Area Partially Sighted Group with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard.
Many members of the Morpeth Area Partially Sighted Group with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard.

The Morpeth Area Partially Sighted Group has once again supported the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal.

Each year, members of the group fill 30 of these boxes with essential items. They go to children aged between two and 14 in areas suffering from war and natural devastation.

The boxes, which are covered with Christmas paper, include a toy, soap, a flannel, a toothbrush and toothpaste, paper, a cuddly toy, wrapped sweets, a hat, pencils, mittens and a scarf.

They will be among those checked and sealed by volunteers at Doxford Place Methodist Church in Cramlington.

In 2014, Operation Christmas Child delivered globally 10,440,333 shoeboxes to children. Of those, 8,000 were from Britain and 3,952 came from Northumberland.