AN opticians in Droitwich is encouraging the community to get into the festive spirit once again, as it begins to collect present-filled shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child appeal.

Specsavers, St Andrews Square, is collecting the shoeboxes on behalf of Samaritan’s Purse. Donations can be dropped off at the store until Friday, November 16. Gifts such as hats and gloves, small toys, sweets, school supplies and toiletries are preferred; the filled boxes will then be sent to underprivileged children across the world.

Emma Singh, store director at Specsavers in Droitwich, said: “It might seem early to be thinking of Christmas but we hope that this gives people plenty of time to make donations for children who don’t have much to celebrate over the festive season. We’re acting as a hub for the charity so people can bring their boxes or items directly to us.”

Customers are asked to determine whether their shoebox is intended for a boy or girl and their age category – two to four-years-old, five to nine, or 10 to 14 – which should be made clear on the outside packaging.

For a full list of what to pack, visit the Operation Christmas Child website at

For more information or to make a donation, visit Specsavers store, call 01905 790660 or visit