Goodies ranging from toys and stationery to clothes and toiletries will be sent to needy children around the world again this year, as Sheffield company Regus kicks off its Operation Christmas Child campaign for 2015.
Workers from the flexible workspace provider are busy putting together shoeboxes of donated gifts and essentials to send to children living in refugee camps, orphanages and impoverished neighbourhoods in developing and war torn countries this festive season.
Richard Morris, UK chief executive at Regus, said: “We’re delighted to support this very worthy cause which brightens up Christmas time for disadvantaged children, including those caught up in the Syrian crisis and those living in refugee camps.
“Local businesses, schools and individuals in Sheffield are encouraged to get involved and donate their shoeboxes at any of our centres across the city between November 2 and 18.”
It is the third year that Regus has supported the appeal, operated by international relief charity the Samaritan’s Purse. And this year Regus is reminding Sheffield residents to make their shoeboxes both fun and educational, while making sure all items contained are new.
Suggested items include cuddly toys, tennis balls, finger puppets, jigsaws, yo-yos, skipping ropes, small musical instruments, toy trucks and cars, dolls, pens and pencils, colouring books, notepads, puzzle books, stickers, hair accessories, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste, a bar of soap, flannel, warm hats, scarves and gloves,
Regus ask that no war-related items be included and nothing sharp or breakable.
Visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk for full details and drop off locations.