Local police help with Samaritans Purse International Relief

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Police in South Armagh recently rolled up their sleeves and got down to some manual work to support Samaritans Purse International Relief. The charity launched their Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal and Response Officers were more than happy to offer their support. This is the third year that shoeboxes have been processed in Bessbrook. Bessbrook Presbyterian Church provides the hall for putting the boxes together and people from across the district come together to prepare the boxes. 3079 boxes were made up this year in Bessbrook and Spar Hendersons Group transported the cartons to Bangor where they were loaded onto a container bound for Swaziland. Constable Angus explained to Newry Times, “The shoebox appeal was organised by Linda Thompson and Denise Nixon and they co-ordinated the donations which came from every section of the community, including the local primary and secondary schools in South Armagh. “A production line was set up in Bessbrook Presbyterian Church Hall and myself and other officers put our backs into it and helped to stack boxes and load them onto lorries which will bring a bit of Christmas cheer to children in Swaziland, Africa. Angus added, “We felt privileged to be able to help out with this cross community effort to bring a bit of joy into the lives of underprivileged children in Africa.”
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