Shoebox charity seeks warehouse in run up to Christmas

Children receiving shoeboxes in Rwanda
Children receiving shoeboxes in Rwanda

A charity which sends shoeboxes filled with gifts to deprived children across the world is looking for a warehouse to use.

Samaritan’s Purse, which runs the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal, shipped 18,000 from South Yorkshire last Christmas.

The shoeboxes go to children in orphanges, living on the streets and those in poverty who have nothing.

Adam Tankard, from Samaritan’s Purse, distributed the shoeboxes to youngsters in Rwanda last year.

He said: “The idea is simple - fill a shoebox with presents and we send the boxes to needy children around the world.

“Unlike previous years, we are really struggling to find warehouse space in Sheffield for our team of amazing and dedicated volunteers to come and check the boxes and export them to various different countries around the world, bringing hope, joy, fun and excitement into areas suffering poverty, war, famine and natural disaster.

“In essence we require rent free property, although we do pay towards utilities used, which is 8500 plus square feet in size with access to an articulated lorry.”

He said one of the youngsters he handed a shoebox to was a 12-year-old boy called Arsene, who, despite having nothing, offered him a candy cane from his box as a gift.

“It was so humbling that this little boy who had received so little, was prepared to give out of the items he had received,” he said.

“It is only through the generosity of our donors, tireless efforts of our volunteers and kindness of people allowing us to use their warehouse space, that children like Arsene can continue to receive presents.”

To offer a warehouse until Christmas call 07973 437235.