Disadvantaged children across the world will receive gifts this Christmas - thanks to the generosity and goodwill of the West Sussex community and global workplace provider Regus.
Over the last few weeks, individuals and groups have been dropping off present-filled shoeboxes at local Regus centres at The Pinnacle in Crawley and the Afron Building (Worthing Road) in Horsham, which have supported this year’s ‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal. The West Sussex centres are part of a network of 220 Regus centres in the UK which together collected over 5,000 boxes.
Run in conjunction with the Samaritan’s Purse charity, the appeal involves filling shoeboxes with small toys, sweets and other gifts to send to children overseas in refugee camps, orphanages, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods.
John Spencer, CEO of Regus in the UK, said: “We were really pleased our local network of Regus centres could help by being collection points for such a worthwhile cause and we would like to thank all the local businesses, schools, groups and individuals who brought in shoeboxes and made it a great success.”
Last year nearly one million children in 15 countries around the world received a Christmas shoebox and over 100 million have been distributed since the charity launched 23 years ago.
Regus operates a global network of flexible, modern work spaces including business lounges, meeting rooms and touch-down desks. See www.regus.co.uk or www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk
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