In 2016, the charity collected 11,485,662 shoeboxes to send to Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and will help run this year’s appeal from West Float Industrial Estate
Peel Land and Property is giving warehouse space at Wirral Waters to help children at Christmas.
Samaritan’s Purse will use the property at the West Float Industrial Estate through December to help run its Operation Christmas Child project. The initiative encourages donations of shoeboxes packed with gifts and toys, which are then shipped to children in deprived areas overseas.
In 2016, the charity collected 11,485,662 shoeboxes to send to Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Since Operation Christmas Child began, more than 146m shoeboxes have been delivered to over more countries.
Samaritian’s Purse has faced criticism for the evangelical religious materials it includes in its boxes and its founder and chief executive Franklin Graham has openly expressed anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and anti-gay adoption views online.
Peel supported Operation Christmas Child last year in the same way.
Robert Davies, OCC operation and logistic manager at Samaritan’s Purse, said: “Providing the warehouse for the team to process the shoeboxes made the campaign possible. This has been greatly appreciated and was significant in the success of the campaign last year.”
Robyn Walters, property manager for Peel Land and Property, said: “We think Samaritan’s Purse do a fantastic job and we’re delighted to be able to support them in this way again.”