Bovis Homes staff box clever to bring Christmas cheer to kids across the world

Friday, December 9, 2011

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Marketing Manager Sally Smith (left) and Digital Marketing Assistant Sarah Taylor with some of the shoeboxes donated by Bovis Homes staff.

Kind-hearted staff at Bovis Homes South West Region have been filling up shoeboxes to give children from developing countries a bit of festive cheer this year.

The national homebuilder, based at Cleeve Hall in Bishop's Cleeve, has been taking part in this year's Operation Christmas Child appeal, organised by relief and development charity Samaritan's Purse. They have asked people to fill up shoeboxes with gifts which they will then distribute to children across the globe in some of the world's poorest areas.

Before filling the box, donors had to choose whether they wanted to buy gifts for a boy or a girl, and choose one of the three different age groups. Bovis Homes managed to gather together a small mountain of toy-filled boxes which they handed over to the charity this week.

"The support in the offices of Bovis Homes has been fantastic. Staff have been putting so much thought into the gifts and have filled their shoeboxes to the top with some great stuff for the children," said Marketing Manager Sally Smith. "These boxes will soon be received by children who would have otherwise received nothing at Christmas."

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Last year the charity collected over one million shoeboxes and distributed them to children across 14 countries.

"A great feature of the appeal this year is that you can find out whereabouts in the world your shoebox has gone," said Sally. "We've got lots of people at Bovis Homes eagerly awaiting the email which will tell them which country their presents have been sent to."