Boxes of delight from Midlothian

VULNERABLE children in Belarus were given a Christmas to remember, thanks to Midlothian residents.

More than 8000 gift-filled shoeboxes from Edinburgh and Midlothian headed to the East European country as part of Operation Christmas Child, one of the UK’s largest annual children’s charity projects.

The shoeboxes were donated by individuals, schools, businesses, churches and organisations in communities including Bonnyrigg, Gorebridge, Dalkeith, Loanhead and Penicuik.

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