A Bury St Edmunds church has collected hundreds of shoeboxes as part of an appeal to brighten up Christmas for less fortunate children.
Christ Church Moreton Hall organised a special service last month to collect the shoeboxes which were filled with gifts of toys, sweets, and other items to send to youngsters in deprived countries.
The 1st Moreton Hall Brownies, 3rd Bury St Edmunds Rainbows, Abbots Green Community Primary School and West Suffolk College were among the various schools and community group who responded to the appeal.
Some 325 boxes were collected, 40 more than than last year when the shoeboxes went to deprived children living in Belarus.
‘Operation Christmas Child’ is a national event organised by Samaritans Purse - International Relief.
Since 1993, when the national operation started, 124 million boxes have been distributed to children in 150 countries worldwide.