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Religious charity shoe box appeal supported in HoK

Minister Phil Gawne

It looks as though it's full steam ahead for this year's special Santa Train which transports shoeboxes to children in poverty. 

That's despite fears that The Samaritan's Purse - the charity which runs Operation Christmas Child - is pushing its beliefs onto recipients by packing religious literature into the care packages. 
 
The Department of Infrastructure has confirmed it's brought in a new policy to ensure it only helps charities which don't offend the "principles or aspirations" of people on the Island. 
 
Quizzed on the issue in the House of Keys yesterday Minister Phil Gawne said he's happy to continue the support for the venture at this time: 
 

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