Annual appeal taken on by Kirkcaldy branches of international company

A Christmas shoebox brings a smile to a girl in Montenegro.
A Christmas shoebox brings a smile to a girl in Montenegro.
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An international company with two depots in Kirkcaldy is again collecting shoeboxes filled with small presents for under privileged children.

For the second year running, global workplace provider Regus, which has centres at John Smith and Mitchelston in Kirkcaldy, is supporting a Christmas campaign which sends present-filled shoeboxes to needy children in developing and war-torn countries.

The two Regus centres will be local drop off points from November 3 to 18 for the 2014 ‘Operation Christmas Child’ shoebox appeal.

Run in conjunction with the Samaritan’s Purse charity, the appeal involves filling shoeboxes with toys and gifts to send to children overseas in refugee camps, orphanages, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods.

Steve Purdy, managing director at Regus, explained: “The Shoebox Appeal is easy, fun, and brings incredible joy to children who are in real poverty or hardship.

“Last year many other local workplaces and schools supported us by filling shoeboxes with small gifts for children who have probably never received a present before.

‘‘In total, Regus collected 5000 shoeboxes and we hope to do even better this year.

“Please bring the shoeboxes into one of our business centres by November 18.”

Anyone can take part in the appeal, either individually or as part of a group, and the filled shoeboxes should be dropped off at either of the Regus centres at the John Smith Business Park or Mitchelston Industrial Estate from Monday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 18, on weekdays between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

Nearly 300 Regus business centres throughout the UK will be taking part in the initiative to bring some festive joy to children who would otherwise do without.

Regus operates a global network of flexible, modern work spaces, with 2000 locations in 100 countries.