The Pure team in Ipswich have collected 112 shoeboxes filled with Christmas presents and essential items which will be distributed to children in need around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan’s Purse.
The festive charity initiative is one of the latest ventures in Pure’s #IpswichBig10 campaign. At the beginning of the year the Ipswich team pledged to take part in, or organise, a series of events to support 10 different charities, marking a decade since the professional recruitment agency first opened its office on Queen Street.
Not only did team members fill their own shoeboxes, they also ordered extra shoeboxes from the charity and encouraged other businesses across Suffolk to get involved.
Paul Sheldrake, Manager of Pure’s Ipswich Office, said: “At Pure we pride ourselves on supporting our local community and charity initiatives like this. As well as filling up shoe boxes ourselves, we decided to make it as easy as possible for other local people to get involved. We set up our Ipswich office as an easy, central point for people to pick up or drop off shoeboxes. Our team members also went out and collected the boxes where needed. We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received and have collected far more boxes than we ever could have hoped for. They may only be small, but they will have a big impact by providing gifts and much-needed items to children who may not receive anything else this Christmas.”
Each shoebox is filled with Christmas gifts, selected to suit a boy or a girl within age categories ranging from two to fourteen. They have also been packed with essential items such as hygiene products and school supplies. All the shoeboxes have now been passed to Samaritan’s Purse which will deliver them to children around the world this Christmas, including communities in need in countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
As well as Samaritan’s Purse, eight other charities have also benefitted from Pure’s #IpswichBig10 anniversary campaign to date. These are Brightstars, St Helena’s Hospice, Ormiston Families, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, St Elizabeth Hospice, The Papworth Trust, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Upbeat Heart.
• The above image shows some of the shoeboxes collected by Pure’s Ipswich team for Operation Christmas Child