One hundred Christmas shoe boxes collected for needy children

23 Nov 2017


Needy children around the world will receive a shoe box full of goodies this festive season thanks to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child and in Hexham, adults with learning difficulties have been making  their contribution to the appeal.

Adults at the Tynedale Centre, with the help of donations from the local community, have put together over 100 shoe boxes full of festive gifts that will be distributed to children in countries hit by poverty and war.

The boxes were taken to the collection point in Tescos in Hexham, where staff there had a fabulous surprise waiting for the Tynedale Centre. As an early christmas present they very generously presented the adults with the ingredients for their Christmas lunch and with games and festive decorations.

Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult wellbeing and public health said:

“ Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful appeal which brings happiness to children who are less fortunate and would otherwise face a bleak Christmas.  This little box  of gifts can have such a big impact on the child that receives it and I know all those involved  at the Tynedale Centre were very keen to play their  part in making someone’s christmas as bright as possible.”

Northumberland County Council runs eight learning day centres across the county where staff help over 170 vulnerable adults with learning disabilities to acquire new skills, meet new people and develop their confidence and  self-esteem while preparing them for future employment or voluntary work.