Children's Christmas charity says thanks for donations

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A children's Christmas charity has thanked all those who donated gifts for vulnerable youngsters.

Operation Christmas Child collect shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

More than 32,900 boxes full of presents were sent from people across Hampshire.

The shoeboxes have been packed with toys, educational items, sweets and other small gifts, and will be sent to children in homes, orphanages, street shelters and hospitals.

Roger Fenton, the regional manager for Operation Christmas Child, said: 'People here have been brilliant. Times are quite tough for many, but they have still gone out of their way to pack a shoebox. We see thoughtfulness from all ages and walks of life and it is very humbling.

'I wish each of these people could see the impact their shoeboxes have on the children who get them. It really makes a difference and brings joy and happiness to children who have very difficult lives.

'I would like to send a big ''thank you'' to all those who donated a shoebox and to all our volunteers and others who help make this happen.'

There is still time to donate gifts online, up until December 25. Visit