Shoebox appeal a huge success

I AM writing to thank all those who contributed to the Lynemouth Community and Friends Shoebox Appeal 2011.

This year we increased our target to 1,000 completed boxes – a big target in the present economic climate – but we passed that figure and were able to send off 1,019 boxes full of love as part of the magnificent Northumberland area total.

Thanks to all fundraisers, shoppers, box wrappers, knitters, packers and transporters.

We recently held a ‘thank you celebration’ event at Lynemouth Institute and we were delighted that Bob Shotton, who is responsible for processing the boxes at the Blyth base, was able to attend.

He shared his personal experience and photographs of delivering boxes to Africa in a previous year.

It was an extremely interesting afternoon and has inspired us to raise our target again this year.

Thanks to all in the words of a poem written by a supporter:

For,

All those sad young faces

in so many different places.

For every mam that sighed

and every dad that lied

about a gift they could not give

because they could barely live.

But,

For little eyes that cried

sad tears that rarely dried.

For a moments glimpse of joy

for some hoping girl or boy,

whose life is given lift

through a loving caring gift.

For,

Gifts wrapped and filled with care.

Shoe boxes in which you share,

the love you have to give.

Something inside that you believe

is the least that you can do

for even just a few.

It is because you care

about a world that isn’t fair

Your gifts, all boxed and trapped

in Christmas paper wrapped.

So,

For every tear you’ve dried

for every smile supplied,

a child may now posses

a moments happiness.

And,

In every house and home

there’s joy instead of gloom.

A moment very rare,

an escape from despair

Your simple love and humanity

are the real meaning of Nativity.

HEATHER GRAY

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