Shoe are so beautiful ... gift-filled shoeboxes are on the road to Belarus

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GENEROUS residents in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and the surrounding communities have pulled out all the stops in a bid to make sure under-privileged children in countries such as Belarus get a Christmas present this year.

Thousands of shoe boxes filled with various items have been donated by people in East Dunbartonshire, North Glasgow and North Lanarkshire to the Operation Christmas Child appeal.

The appeal is run each year by the Samaritan’s Purse charity, which has a depot at Southbank Marina in Kirkintilloch, where many volunteers have helped to process the boxes.

The first truck, with 10,000 gift-filled boxes, has already left from Lennoxtown and is heading to Belarus.

And another truck was due to leave with a further 10,000 boxes over the next few days.

More than 32,000 boxes have so far been sent out from across Scotland,

Chris Thomson, the charity’s regional manager for Scotland and North East England, said: “People’s generosity has been fantastic and people giving up their time to help is wonderful.

“It’s great to go over and see the smile on a child’s face when they get a box.

“It makes them feel very special, they get absolutely nothing at Christmas.

“They tell me to say thank you to people for all their hard work.”

You can make a donation to the shoebox appeal online by visiting www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk

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