Vulnerable children given something to smile about

A child in Kyrgyzstam receives a shoe box from from the Samartan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe box appeal during Christmas 2010
A child in Kyrgyzstam receives a shoe box from from the Samartan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe box appeal during Christmas 2010
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VOLUNTEERS in Towcester are helping to bring a smile to the faces of some poorest children in the world this weekend.

As children in south Northants gather around their Christmas trees on Sunday morning to open the presents they have been expecting, children in orphanages, street shelters and children’s homes will be getting an unexpected surprise thanks to district coordinators for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

This year volunteers across the county are sending 11,000 gifted filled shoe boxes to vulnerable children in Crimea and Kyrgyzstan. A spokesman for the charity said Paula Johnson in Towcester had filled 560 box with gifts collected from people in and around Brackley and Towcester and added: “For one person to do all of that is quite impressive.”

Chris Roberts, OCC regional manger said: “I wish everyone could see the smiles on the children’s faces when they get their shoebox, it makes you appreciate how the simple act of someone here sending a shoebox to an unknown child really is a very important act of kindness.”