A CHARITY supporter is calling on people to buy a few extra gifts to help youngsters living in poverty enjoy a Christmas with a difference.
Grace Dalton of Pitshanger has supported the charity Operation Christmas Child since she was five, by filling shoeboxes covered with wrapping paper with small gifts for children from war-torn or poverty stricken parts of Africa and Eastern Europe.
The 22-year-old, said: “It’s for children living in the greatest poverty, children who have never received gifts before. I have heard about children getting excited over receiving a bar of soap.”
The shoeboxes and lid must be wrapped separately and can be filled with small toys, teddies, toiletries, sweets (but not chocolate), scarves, clothes and other gifts.
Haven Green Baptist Church in Castlebar Road, Ealing, is collecting boxes of gifts until November 24 and most Shoe Zone stores will receive them until November 19.
Ms Dalton said: “In terms of joy value, this will bring more happiness than any other Christmas shopping by a long way. You can’t imagine how happy these children are going to be to receive them.”
To find out more about Operation Christmas Child, run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse, visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk search for the project on You Tube or email Ms Dalton at email@example.com