Youngsters want your help with shoebox appeal for disadvantaged children

(left to right) Faith Benson, Emily Jones and Emily Cartwright with their Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes,

(left to right) Faith Benson, Emily Jones and Emily Cartwright with their Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes,

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THOUGHTFUL young people are encouraging residents to get involved in a shoebox appeal to help disadvantaged children.

Around 10 youngsters aged five to 17 who attend St Cuthbert’s Church, in Manor Way, Peterlee, have organised their own church service which takes place from 9.30am this Sunday.

They are inviting members of the public along to the service, which is part of All Saints Day celebrations, and are encouraging them to take with them filled shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal.

The appeal sees millions of shoeboxes filled with essential items to send to developing countries.

Church warden Joanne Benson said: “They have prepared the service themselves, choosing the readings, words and hymns. They have also filled dozens of shoeboxes and encouraged others to do the same. I’m absolutely thrilled with what they have done.”

The service is followed at 11.30am by family worship, for families with young children, which his held on the first and third Sunday of the month.

“Shoeboxes can be filled with items including toys, stationery and sweets.

To find out more about shoebox contents visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk