Youngsters involved in Operation Christmas Child
28th November 2014
Swansea City Under-18s gave up their time this week to help pack Christmas gifts that will be sent to children across the world.
Operation Christmas Child aims to provide children in poor countries the chance to celebrate this December as shoeboxes full of gifts are collected and sent to children who will not get a gift at Christmas.
This year, the club's young players helped check and pack Christmas boxes at the depot in Llansamlet which will then be sent to children in Kurdistan.
Jordan Sherman, who took part in Operation Christmas Child last year, said he was pleased to be involved once again.
"Doing something like this is very important to me and the team," he said. "We are all fortunate to wake up each Christmas and have gifts waiting for us to open from friends and family.
"Doing this gives us an opportunity to give something back to other children who live in poverty.
"I think children will gain a lot from this. It gives them something to be happy about and let's them know that people are thinking about them and want them to enjoy their Christmas."
Academy Manager Nigel Rees, who helped with the project alongside the players and coaching staff, added: "This helps provide an eye-opener outside the environment the players are in, allowing them to see how other people live - it is a good learning experience for them.
"The players asked if they could come back and help out again this year and they really enjoyed getting involved.
"We've brought some of our own toys and treats, including cuddly Cyril the Swan toys, to put into some of the Christmas boxes that will be sent out to children and hopefully make their Christmas."