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Bootloads of presents for world’s poorest children

PUBLISHED: 16:11 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 25 August 2010

GENEROUS residents have been filling shoe boxes to be given some of the world s poorest children. Over the last two months, individuals and groups have been dropping off present-filled shoeboxes at the Dagenham Motors showroom in Sidcup Road, Eltham, fo

GENEROUS residents have been filling shoe boxes to be given some of the world's poorest children.

Over the last two months, individuals and groups have been dropping off present-filled shoeboxes at the Dagenham Motors showroom in Sidcup Road, Eltham, for the 'Operation Christmas Child' appeal.

The showroom has been acting as a collection point for the appeal run by the charity Samaritan's Purse, for children in hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods in some of the world's poorest countries.

Sales manager Daniel Cox, said: "This is the second year that we have taken part in this appeal.

"We are delighted that we could help bring a little bit of extra happiness to so many children.

"It's such a great cause and we would like to thank everyone who donated a shoebox and made this year a success".

Last year, the Samaritans Purse volunteers sent 1.2 million shoeboxes to children across Eastern Europe and Africa.

Since the appeal began in 1990, organisers claim that more than 60 million boys and girls have received a present filled shoebox.

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