Kingston and Surbiton Optician's Festive Gift

Opticians in Kingston and Surbiton are asking customers to think of those less fortunate this Christmas and donate gift-filled shoe boxes for children in the developing world.

Specsavers in Kingston and Surbiton will be collecting the shoe boxes in-store as part of the Operation Christmas Child appeal. Local residents are being asked to fill the boxes with an array of gifts, including toys, books, pens and sweets. The boxes will be sent to orphans and vulnerable children living in difficult circumstances abroad.

Guy Loveday, store director of Specsavers Kingston and Surbiton says: ‘The Christmas shoe box appeal is a lovely idea and a great way to share the festive spirit with those who are less fortunate, particularly children who may not even be aware that it is Christmas. We’d like to thank our customers for anything they are able to donate.’

Operation Christmas Child is the largest children's Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. They have been sending gift-filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world since 1990, bringing joy into the lives of over 80 million children.

To find out more about the Operation Christmas Child appeal or book an eye examination at Specsavers Kingston, please call 020 8974 6677 or visit


This Operation Christmas Child shoebox thing does sound dodgy going by this Guardian article written by an English CoE vicar.

Deeply offensive to Muslims and promoted by right wing American nut jobs. I'm pretty sure most people thinking of giving wouln't know about the agenda behind it.

Read the article "The evangelicals who like to giftwrap Islamophobia" at this link

It's not that I object to a charity on the basis that it is a religious organisation: it is the fact that these businesses are only interested in giving Christmas gifts to poor people abroad, some of whom "may not know it is Christmas." Eh? If they don't know, why would they want a Christmas gift? What about local businesses helping poor old people or children in their own locality who *do* know it is Christmas and may be in need of a gift or help with food or bills?

As the Guardian article says, if you really want to give to a Christian charity then Christian Aid is a much better option.

They spend the money on real aid projects for all, irrespective of religion. Not bribes of useless toys in an attempt to convert people to a narrow fundamentalist US version of Christianity.

People should really reflect on the aims of the organisation that runs this, and on whether this is a genuinely effective way of delivering aid to ALL those that most need it.

I am surprised that a company like Specsavers are participatiing in such a divisive scheme.

Read this and make up your own minds:

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