Kind-hearted staff from a leading vets in Yorkshire are spreading Christmas joy around the world with their charitable actions.
Vets, nurses and reception staff at Calder Vets, along with a few of their family members, filled shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child initiative.
The scheme sees people filling boxes with gifts for children all over the world which are then distributed by Samaritan’s Purse.
The collection at Calder Vets was started by Tegan Wright, who recently qualified as a veterinary nurse and works at the Dewsbury animal hospital.
Calder Vets’ operations co-ordinator, Hayley Buddery, said: “Most of us are lucky, as we enjoy wonderful Christmases surrounded by loved ones, happiness, and presents.
“For many children around the world, Christmas Day is like any other and does not bring any joy, whether this be because of war, a natural disaster, famine or poverty.
“The thought that a little child’s face somewhere in the world will light up on Christmas morning because of a gift we have provided is a really special feeling and we were delighted to help.”
All Calder’s 13 branches got involved, along with its sister practice, Paragon Veterinary Referrals, as part of their ongoing charity work and a superb total of 30 boxes was collected.
The National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child has already taken place, but there is still time for people to build a shoebox online. For more information, see www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.