The team and residents at Lake View Residential Care Home in Brookside Avenue are rallying behind Operation Christmas Child, commonly known as the Shoebox Appeal, to share festive cheer this Christmas time.
Filling the shoeboxes with cuddly toys, colouring books, crayons, sweets, balls, small games, gifts and toiletries, residents have enjoyed putting together their surprise presents – the home’s activities leader Clare West explains.
She said: “Our residents have really enjoyed creating their gifts and they keep talking about how they think the young people on the other side of world will react, which really gears them up. Their faces light up at the thought they are making another person’s Christmas, it’s lovely to see and be a part of.”
79-year-old resident Pamela Brown said: “It’s lovely to make a child’s Christmas and this is a wonderful way to help and make sure all children get presents at Christmas.”
Fellow resident Freda Davis (pictured), who is 94 years old added: “Operation Christmas Child is great, I love to help and this is a brilliant way to help children all around the world.”
Clare continued: “Operation Christmas Child is a cause so close to all our hearts. We all have wonderful memories of Christmas over the years and to try and give a glimpse of that experience to young people is 100 per cent worthwhile. Everyone should know it’s Christmas time and it’s wonderful Lake View is supporting that.”
Operation Christmas Child programme launched in 1991, where the first shoebox was delivered to children in Romania. Since then the charity has delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories, collecting shoeboxes from the UK, US, Australia, Finland, German, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada and Spain.