To Africa, with joy

To Africa, with joy

FUNDRAISERS in Dewsbury joined forces with Tesco Extra in Batley to bring a little Christmas joy to children in West Africa.

Members of Dewsbury Team Parish are again taking part in the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Shoe Box Appeal, and held a collection at the supermarket earlier this month.

More than £330 was donated by shoppers, which will allow local appeal organisers to post scores of shoeboxes filled with toys and appropriate gifts for boys and girls between two and four, and boys aged nine to 14.

Run by the Samaritan’s Purse charity, each completed shoe box costs £3 to transport, with all of Dewsbury's heading to needy youngsters in Liberia.

Batley Tesco also donated £20, which was used to buy toothpaste and toothbrushes for the shoeboxes.

A spokesman for Dewsbury Team Parish said: "As soon as we were setting up the customers were inquisitive about what we were collecting for.

"The heartening thing was that people of all races, colours, religions and of no religion helped us. We thank you on behalf of these children who have nothing."

The Team Parish consists of Dewsbury Minster, St John’s at Dewsbury Moor, Holy Trinity in Batley Carr and St Peter’s in Earlsheaton, under the leadership of Rev Simon Cash.

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