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Ho-ho-housebuilder collects a sackful of presents for Operation Christmas Child

6 December, 2021

Barratt Homes has received 40 gift-filled shoeboxes at its Aylesham Village Sales and Marketing Suite in Aylesham, Kent. Thanks to efforts from the local community, all shoeboxes will be donated to Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child campaign, where they will be distributed to children across the world for Christmas.

Operation Christmas Child began in 1990 and has now delivered shoeboxes filled with gifts to more than 188 million children in over 150 countries worldwide. Residents and members of the local community in Aylesham delivered shoeboxes containing a variety of treats including colouring pens, soft toys and hygiene items.

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Kent, comments: “It is so exciting to kickstart the season of giving in Aylesham as part of our annual Operation Christmas Child collection. Once again, the community turned out in full force to support this initiative and their generosity will bring festive cheer to children in need across the globe this Christmas. We hope these packages will help bring joy to the children during the festive period and beyond.”

This year, Barratt Homes has collected a total of 486 shoeboxes across its developments in Kent and East Sussex. The housebuilder registered a number of its sites as drop off points, including Aylesham Village.

Nick Cole, Director of Operation Christmas Child UK comments, “We thank the organisations who have given up their time and space to become a drop-off point for our campaign. We have over 500 volunteers at the regional processing centre in Tunbridge Wells who will package up the shoeboxes before dispatching across the world to be delivered to children in need.”