Be the gift this Christmas!

This year we’ve launched Christmas party volunteering and it has been a tremendous success! The response has been phenomenal and many generous employees across the UK have decided to shake up their usual Christmas party by giving something back through volunteering.  They’ve made a choice to do something a little different, knowing it can make a big difference to someone’s life.  

Last Friday I was fortunate enough to work with one of those companies who wanted to give something back this Christmas. Vertex Pharmaceuticals volunteered with Samaritans Purse to help with its Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal. The team helped at one of Samaritans Purses’ temporary warehouses in north London, helping to check and fill shoeboxes full of gifts ready to be shipped to children in Belarus.

There are more than 25,000 orphans and vulnerable children growing up without parental care in Belarus. An estimated 7,000 live in bleak orphanages – including 1,000 children under the age of three who live in 10 baby orphanages.


The volunteers’ help was invaluable as the OCC campaign is a massive operation and relies on the help of volunteers and donations of gifts each year to make it a success, and to give lots of joy to millions of children across the world who receive the shoeboxes.

The volunteers from Vertex Pharmaceuticals did a fantastic job on Friday.  They got stuck into their tasks straight away, checking and filling shoeboxes, as well as loading the boxes ready to be shipped with great care and attention. These are simple tasks, but by giving their time the volunteers ensured they’ll be putting a smile on lots of children’s faces this Christmas.  The volunteers spent quality time with each other, and gave their time to make someone else happy – surely these are the kind of moments Christmas is all about!

Merry Christmas!