Boxes of delight to be sent from Feniton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:15 08 December 2016

Sheila Lanning has co-ordinated the efforts to support Operation Christmas Child. She is pictured loading up the car filled with packages to be sent to the children.

Sheila Lanning has co-ordinated the efforts to support Operation Christmas Child. She is pictured loading up the car filled with packages to be sent to the children.

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More than 100 gift-filled shoeboxes from across East Devon have been sent to needy children as part of this year’s Operation Christmas Child effort.

The 130 packages were created by members of the churches in Feniton, Payhembury and Escot, as well other parishioners in other villages, and sent by St Andrew’s Church, in Feniton.

They will be handed to children living in refugee camps forced to leave their home by civil war, or to youngsters in deprived areas where toys and gifts are unheard of.

A spokesman for Operation Christmas Child said: “Let me assure you, as someone who has visited very poor children in Belarus, Ethiopia and India, that these children have so little that they are pleased with anything and everything.

“A skipping rope that cost us £1 is a complete luxury to them, as is a bag of sweet treats.”

Last year, around 17,000 boxes were sent to children as part of the charity effort.


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