Mark Tami MP praises Samaritan’s Purse’s pledge to reach a million more children this year.

It has been 25 years since the first shoebox was sent from Wrexham through Operation Christmas Child and Mark Tami urges constituents to continue giving generously.

The charity responsible for the project, Samaritan’s Purse, has come a long way since the first shoebox was sent from Wrexham and has now delivered shoeboxes to over 124 million children. Originally they were sent to children experiencing poverty in Romania but have since been sent to over 150 countries. Samaritan’s Purse aim to reach a million more children this year.

As you can imagine such a big project takes an incredible amount of time and effort from a dedicated team of volunteers. The locally based Wrexham team is headed by Phil Walker. Mark Tami reiterates Mr Walker’s call to the people of North Wales to be “one in a million” and pack a gift filled shoebox this Christmas.

Speaking about the charity’s work Mark Tami MP said, “The work the charity has done and the way in which it has grown over the years is remarkable. It is imperative that local people celebrate the fantastic achievements of the ministry in the North Wales area and continue to give generously”.

Please visit to find your local drop off point. National collections for shoeboxes this year will be from 1st – 18th November 2015. If you would like to volunteer or get involved more in supporting Operation Christmas Child in your area, please contact Matt Smith on 07531 904019.