CARING Worcester residents have been thanked for digging deep to ensure a city charity collection was a success.
A total of 4,192 boxes left the city in a lorry in early December with 821 on their way to Central Asia and 3,371 to Belarus as part of Worcester’s Operation Christmas Child campaign.
The Worcester branch of OCC is a member of Samaritan’s Purse International UK, which sent around 900,000 presents to more than 100 countries during the festive period.
Sue Tindall, area organiser, paid tribute to caring local residents and numerous businesses who lent their support to this year’s campaign.
“I particularly would like to mention businessman Philip Ralph of Guinness Park Farm at Bransford, Worcester for lending us a warehouse so we could pack the shoeboxes,” she said.
“Thank you to Waitrose for loaning us packing cages and all our supporters, volunteers, businesses, churches, groups, schools and individuals who packed, gave and collected presents.
“Finally, I must thank Worcester’s The Entertainer toy shop, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Specsavers and Shoezone stores around Worcester, for agreeing to be drop-off zones for the gifts.
“You have all helped to make it a special Christmas for these deprived children who otherwise may not have received any presents.”
Visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk for more information on the campaign.