Shoppers at Northfield Shopping Centre have been helping to spread the Christmas cheer, after donating hundreds of shoeboxes to the 2016 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal.

In October, the Christian charity, Samaritans Purse, teamed up with Shoe Zone and Wilko at the centre to encourage the people of Northfield to fill shoeboxes with children’s gifts for Christmas.

“It was a delight to have the retailers at Northfield Shopping Centre involved in this year’s shoebox appeal,” said Susan Parker, who is a volunteer for Northfield’s Operation Christmas Child. “Shoppers, store staff and the centre team managed to fill 231 boxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items, which we will be sending to Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East in time for Christmas.

“In total we have collected more than 2,225 shoebox parcels from people in the town, many of them inspired by the centre’s display, which is almost double the total we received in 2015,” said Susan. “We would like to thank the staff at Shoe Zone, Wilko and Northfield Shopping Centre for their fantastic contribution to the campaign and we look forward to returning to the centre for the 2017 Shoebox Appeal.”

Adam Meade, Northfield Shopping Centre manager, said he was proud to have been a part of this year’s Operation Christmas Child. “There was a great response to Susan and Samaritan’s Purse from shoppers at the centre,” he said. “Here at Northfield there are lots of toys and supplies that are perfect to buy for the appeal, so it was a pleasure to see so many people filling boxes as they shopped at the centre.

“We are really proud of Shoe Zone and Wilko for being the designated drop-off points for the town’s campaign and they received an overwhelming response from their customers,” said Adam. “We would like to thank Northfield shoppers and retailer staff for taking the time to donate to such an amazing cause.”


  1. Thank you to eveyone who has donated to Operation Christmas Child. I would like to clarify that gifts sent through Operation Christmas Child are given to children on the basis of need regardless of their background or religious beliefs. Many of these children have never had a toy and this gift of love will have a big impact. Each shoebox is an unconditional gift, given to a child with nothing asked for, or expected in return; no pledges, no obligation to go to church or attend classes; ‘no strings attached’.

    OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse which gives help and support to these poor communities in many other ways. The Samaritan’s Purse Global Mission Statement…

    Samaritan’s Purse is a nonprofit, Christian organisation providing church support and emergency relief and development assistance to suffering people around the world. Samaritan’s Purse is meeting the physical needs of victims of war, famine, natural disaster, and disease with the aim of demonstrating God’s love and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. The aid and assistance are given without regard to the race, creed, gender, religion, or ethnicity of the beneficiaries.

    For local OCC activities and information, please see
    Susan Parker, OCC Area Coordinator Northfield


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