Festive bundles of bright fun

PUBLISHED: 11:16 10 November 2006 | UPDATED: 22:21 28 May 2010

Pictured is the Rev Pam Bayliss with the Christmas parcels at Trinity Church - Pic: Brian Purdy

Pictured is the Rev Pam Bayliss with the Christmas parcels at Trinity Church - Pic: Brian Purdy

OPERATION Christmas Child is well under way in March, and it will mean a happier Christmas for children in countries where youngsters need help. Volunteers have been busy putting together shoe boxes full of gifts for sending on to needy children abroad.

'OPERATION Christmas Child' is well under way in March, and it will mean a happier Christmas for children in countries where youngsters need help.

Volunteers have been busy putting together shoe boxes full of gifts for sending on to needy children abroad.

At the weekend Trinity Church held a coffee morning to receive the completed boxes. And on Sunday the church organised what it described as 'cafe style' worship to dedicate the boxes before they are shipped out. A film was also shown of the effort put into the shoe box appeal from across the country and how 'Operation Christmas Child' distributes the gifts.

Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has brought Christmas joy to more than 38 million boys and girls. Last year the UK sent out more than a million to children across Eastern and Central Europe.

The event is a huge celebration of the work of Operation Christmas Child, which this year is aiming to send 1.25million gift-filled shoe boxes from the UK to disadvantaged children worldwide.

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