Sunday, December 16, 2007

Children's gift boxes leave city

BBC News

More than 15,000 shoe boxes filled with gifts are on their way to poor children in Romania in time for Christmas.

The boxes contain small toys and sweets donated by people from Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas.

Volunteers from Operation Christmas Child spent about three months packing up thousands of boxes.

They worked from the United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) headquarters in Burslem. A lorry carrying the boxes is set to arrive in Romania on Monday.

The gifts will then be distributed to children around the country by Operation Christmas Child volunteers.

Brian Bennett, UCB's communications director, said: "We're delighted that some spare floor space in our Burslem building could be put to such good use.

"It's been fantastic seeing so many volunteers from the area arriving daily, helping to pack the boxes and to make Christmas extra special for many poor families in Romania this year."

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