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SHOEBOXES filled with presents will be donated to youngsters in war-torn countries as part of a Christmas charity scheme.

Portsmouth company Regus has launched the scheme, called Operation Christmas Child, to collect boxes filled with toys, stationery, small clothing and hygiene items.

People can donate their own filled boxes at the Regus office at Lakeside North Harbour between 8.30am and 6pm on weekdays until November 18.

Chief executive Richard Morris said donations would help children from countries including Syria.

He said: ‘We’re delighted to support this very worthy cause which brightens up Christmas time for disadvantaged children, including those caught up in the Syrian crisis and those living in refugee camps.

‘Local businesses, schools and individuals are encouraged to get involved and donate their shoeboxes at any of our centres.’

Items which can be packed in the box include cuddly toys, small musical instruments, pens, pencils, picture and puzzle books.

Boxes can also be packed with hygiene items including toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, combs and hair clips.

Sweets except chocolate and biscuits can also be donated.

Donations will be distributed by international relief charity the Samaritan’s Purse.

To find out more visit operationchristmaschild.org.uk or regus.co.uk.