Epsom optician collects 65 Christmas gift boxes for poor and vulnerable children

This Is Local London: Reverend Russell Dewhurst, Vicar of Ewell with his son William, and other children surrounded by the boxes which have been donated by the people of Ewell Reverend Russell Dewhurst, Vicar of Ewell with his son William, and other children surrounded by the boxes which have been donated by the people of Ewell

An Epsom optician has collected 65 gift filled shoe boxes for children in the developing world.

Specsavers on High Street started the collection on November 1 and the boxes have been filled with an array of gifts, including toys, books, pens and sweets.

The boxes will be sent to orphans and vulnerable children living in difficult circumstances abroad, as part of Operation Christmas Child.

The store also kicked off Christmas proceedings with a fancy dress day when staff dug out their festive jumpers and other Christmas themed costumes to decorate the store ready for the festive season.

Glen MacGregor, Specsavers Epsom store director, says: “The Christmas shoe box appeal is a lovely idea and a great way to share the festive spirit with those who are less fortunate, particularly children who may not even be aware that it is Christmas.

"We’d like to thank our customers for anything they are able to donate.”

Operation Christmas Child is the largest children's Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse.

To find out more about the Operation Christmas Child appeal or to book an eye examination at Specsavers Epsom, please call 01372 744 250 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Epsom

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