SHOEBOXES: Thank you for support

We as the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal co-ordinators for the whole of Northumberland would like to say a very big thank you to all the schools, churches, organisations, volunteers, knitters, drivers, checkers and packers who were involved with the appeal this year.

To all the Shoe Zone shops and Handie Stationery in Alnwick, thank you for being drop-off points for the public.

And to the Rev Adele Moorhouse and the congregation of the Methodist Church, Doxford Place, Cramlington, thank you for allowing us to use your church to process the boxes. This is the third year that we used the building and all the volunteers involved in checking boxes agreed that the church was the best premises they have been in. It was warm and comfortable.

We have been truly amazed by the generosity of people supplying completed boxes, or donations of knitting, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries and stationery to fill boxes.

Last year a great number had no money in them so Samaritans Purse had to pay the transport costs.

However, this year many organisations held extra events to raise more money to help with the costs to cover the boxes, and for that we are very grateful.

On Monday, November 30, we loaded 4,506 shoeboxes onto a lorry, which was taking them to needy children in Romania. This exceeded our total from last year by 500.

Romania is where Operational Christmas Child started in 1990.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have been involved this year.

Although this year’s appeal is finished I know that the knitters and others have already started collecting for next year.

Carol Nelson, 01670 736509

Jackie Rogers, 07973331748