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The Harvey Centre gives Samaritan’s Purse a helping hand with Shoebox Gift Distribution

Lifestyle / Sat 2nd Feb 2019 am28 10:48am

The Harvey Centre Gives Samaritan’s Purse a Helping Hand with Shoebox Gift Distribution

THE Harvey Centre worked with Samaritan’s Purse to provide additional premises over the festive period, to enable the charity easier distribution of their shoebox gifts to children in the Middle East, Belarus and Romania.

In the run up to Christmas, gifts in shoeboxes donated by individuals, businesses, schools and churches from Essex, East Herts and North London were collected by volunteers and taken to the Samaritan’s Purse processing centre at The Harvey Centre.

This year, nearly 7,000 shoebox gifts were collected and checked by charity volunteers and then packed into cartons ready for their onward journey. Thanks to additional premises provided by The Harvey Centre, Samaritan’s Purse were able to store additional cartons from other processing centres at St Albans, Edgware and Hayes. Four lorries were loaded with 23,500 shoebox gifts that were sent to children in the Middle East, Belarus and Romania.

In the receiving countries, shoebox gifts are distributed by volunteers from local churches to children of all faiths. The shoebox gifts are filled with both useful and fun items and bring real joy to children that receive them. Many of these children have never had a present before so the gesture of the shoebox gift is extra special to them.

Bryan Young, Centre Manager at The Harvey Centre says, “We’re thrilled to have been able to support Samaritan’s Purse in their cause by allowing them to use extra space at The Harvey Centre for no cost. The shoebox gift is such a brilliant idea that brings pleasure to both the giver and recipient, so to be able to help make the whole initiative run a little more smoothly is very rewarding.”

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