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Police Commissioner provides much-needed venue for Operation Christmas Child

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite has today provided a venue for this year’s Operation Christmas Child campaign.

Campaign organisers, Samaritans-Purse had been running out of options of a place to run the well- established campaign when the Commissioner offered Chord Park, a police building in Huntingdon.

Operation Christmas Child is a year-round global effort by the Christian charity with shoeboxes gifted to needy children around the world. Last year saw 11.2 million boxes distributed in 107 countries.

Emma Fawcett, Operation Christmas Child Regional Eastern said:

“Landlords up and down the country have been incredibly supportive over the years, but they’ve found it more and more difficult to provide the facilities we need. We are grateful to the Commissioner for intervening and showing such generosity.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said:

“I am pleased to be able to support what is now the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. I know this means so much to those children in receipt of the shoeboxes and hope local people, businesses and schools will lend their support to this very worthy cause.”

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered shoeboxes to more than 135 million children in over 150 countries. Shoebox gifts are handed in at collection points across the UK and then sent globally to local churches, empowering them to reach and support precious children in their communities.

Samaritan’s Purse provide a handy guide to what to pack in your shoebox this year. Gift suggestions include toys, school supplies, clothing and hygiene items.

Drop off points for Operation Christmas Child are available from 1st until 18th November.

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