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SDL charitable endeavors: Operation Christmas Child

Maidenhead and Sheffield colleagues have taken part in Operation Christmas Child, the aim of which is to fill a shoebox with toys, sweets and hygiene items that are sent to underprivileged children across the world.

Angela Bicknell had been sending boxes for 10 years and wanted to get her Maidenhead colleagues involved. They were delighted to contribute and between them brought in 50 boxes.

Sheffield colleagues heard about the wonderful work being done in Maidenhead and Jenny Hughes and Jane Freeman rallied their colleagues encouraging them to bring in shoeboxes full of gifts – 77 boxes in total were collected by colleagues in Sheffield.

“Operation Christmas Child is a great opportunity to send a shoebox filled with gifts to some of the poorest children all over the world, who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas," said Angela.

“As a new mum, the thought of a child not having that special Christmas excitement really upset me," said Jane. “I think this initiative is great: sending gifts to those less fortunate than ourselves and putting a smile on a child’s face is priceless."

Operation Christmas Child, with the help of 500,000 volunteers like our Maidenhead and Sheffield SDL colleagues, is this year looking to collect enough boxes to send to 11 million children around the world. Angela said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of SDL colleagues in both Maidenhead and Sheffield. It’s amazing that we will make 130 children smile this Christmas! I hope we continue to support this cause for many more Christmases to come."