THOUSANDS of shoeboxes full of toys have been collected to be sent to children in some of the poorest countries in the world.
Sarisbury Green United Reformed Church in Bridge Road acted as a drop-off point for the boxes and collected more than 6,000 for the global appeal.
Rev Paul Bedford said: ‘The appeal seems to have been as successful as ever.
‘Thousands of boxes have been given and sent to children around the world.
‘The goodwill and good wishes of the people who donated will be making many children happy.’
Members of the congregation volunteered their time to organise the boxes for the appeal called Operation Christmas Child, which is run by Christian organisation Samaritan’s Purse.
The boxes are filled with toys, school supplies, stationery, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hairbrushes, gloves, scarves, hats, jewellery and hair accessories.
It is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.
The appeal has now closed but the organisation is now collecting shoeboxes to send to Romania.
For more information go to samaritanspurse.org