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Generous Welshpool area donors praised

Created on 08/12/2010 @ 14:27


A receptionist who organised an appeal to send “love in a box” to disadvantaged children across the world at Christmas has warmly praised the generosity of Welshpool.
Jean Courtney (right), a receptionist at caravan dealership Salop Leisure, revealed that Welshpool donors had helped smash her previous record of 400 shoeboxes packed with gifts for children living in extreme poverty.
Shoeboxes poured in from customers, staff, friends, caravan park owners, schools, churches, women’s clubs and many individuals across the area.
“The response this year has been unbelievable and the shoeboxes were packed with beautiful gifts,” said Jean, who started collecting for Operation Christmas Child 12 years ago. “We received well in excess of 400 shoeboxes, which filled two offices and part of our staff canteen!
“I received boxes from across Mid Wales and my heartfelt thanks go to everyone in the Welshpool area who supported the appeal and I wish them all a very happy Christmas.”
Operation Christmas Child, which is run by Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan’s Purse, aims to show that children in need have not been forgotten during the festive season.
Picture: Jean Courtney.
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