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Christmas mission continues with festive boxes
A FORMER Stourport High School student is back on the campaign trail to collect Christmas boxes for underprivileged children oversees.
WaiLo Li, 29, founder of charity Project TOM, announced the group would be collecting shoeboxes as part of this year’s Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child collection.
Over the last 23 years, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in 130 countries. In 2012, the UK sent nearly one million shoeboxes to children in third world nations.
It is Project TOM’s 17th charity event since it was launched five years ago. Volunteers get together to raise funds and support various different charities around the world. To date they have raised £32,400 for charitable causes.
Since its founding, Project TOM has also sent 1,037 Christmas shoeboxes to the Samaritan’s project.
Ms Li said: “It has been tough at times, especially on top of a full time jobs [as a communications executive] and plenty of forward-planning is needed but the projects have been so rewarding and meaningful, it is completely worth it.”
She added: “Project TOM was established when co-ordinating an impromptu fundraiser event for the then deadly Sichuan earthquake of 2008 - where 86,000 lives were lost. Communities around the world really came together and took action - it was inspiring.”
For more information on donating a shoebox, visit project-tom.org.uk
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