Optician says a big thanks to gift appeal supporters

(Back) Chloe Weston and William Hubbard and (front) Clare Burton and Katie Key from the Harborough branch of Specsavers
(Back) Chloe Weston and William Hubbard and (front) Clare Burton and Katie Key from the Harborough branch of Specsavers

A Harborough opticians has collected more than 300 goody-filled shoeboxes which will be distributed to disadvantaged children all over the world in time for Christmas.

The team at Specsavers, in St Mary’s Place, appealed to kind-hearted customers throughout November to support the annual appeal.

Filled with gifts such as toys, school supplies and toiletries, the boxes have now been taken away to be distributed.

Barry Henning, store director at Specsavers, said: “We’re so proud to be supporting Operation Christmas Child again this year.

“Christmas is a time for giving and I’m sure these gifts will help to put a smile on children’s faces in disadvantaged parts of the world this Christmas.

“We’d just like to say a special thank you to everybody who generously brought in a box, particularly Brigstock Primary School and All Leisure Ltd who each dropped off about 50 boxes.”

Samaritan’s Purse launched Operation Christmas Child in the UK in 1995, and with the support of businesses such as Specsavers, helps to make Christmas a reality for children in disadvantaged countries.