Shoeboxes for children

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Generous residents have teamed up with Wakefield business Regus to support help disadvantgaged children around the world.

The flexible workplace provider offered a drop-off point for Operation Christmas Child, which collects gift-filled shoeboxes for children overseas living in refugee camps, orphanages, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods.

More than 100 parcels - all filled with small toys, sweets and other gifts - were donated by individuals, local firms and groups.

The Wakefield centre is part of a network of more than 300 Regus centres, which together collected more than 15,000 boxes. It is the third year that the Monckton Road branch has supported the appeal.

Richard Morris, CEO of Regus, said: “Operation Christmas Child is a very worthwhile cause and we’re delighted that our local network of Regus centres could help by acting as drop off points again this year.

“We’d like to extend our thanks to all the local businesses, schools, groups and individuals who got involved in the appeal and brought in their shoeboxes to our centres.”

The appeal - which is run in conjunction with international relief charity Samaritan’s Purse - has delivered festive shoeboxes of toys to more than 124 million children in 150 countries around the world since it launched 22 years ago.

Visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk for more information.