Samaritan's Purse

"Just to let you know scouts have done a phenomenal job
of donating & filling Xmas boxes! "

What a great e-mail to receive! Thank you all so much for your efforts.


This last Christmas (2017) was the second year at Christ Church
that we had packed shoeboxes for this international charity project. 

 In 2016 we sent 50 boxes. This year we are pleased to say that number increased to 62. Our boxes formed a part of the total of 7239 boxes which were loaded on to a lorry in Bolton and driven across Europe to Romania in time for distribution at Christmas.


This year we got some direct reactions from those receiving the gift boxes. Here are a couple –


Lidia wrote: “I’m Lidia from Romania! I received your shoebox Christmas gift! I wanted to thank you for the amazing gift you sent me! God bless you and your family! I liked the pencil box, the shell, the hair pins... You must have a girl because you knew very well what a girl likes.”


Patrik wrote: “My name is Patrik and I am 12 years old. I have received your gift. I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you very much! I live in Baia Mare, Romania, with my parents and 4 cats. The more I liked airplanes gift received from you. We wish you Happy Christmas!”


It’s warming to get such messages of appreciation and to know that you are making a difference to children in less fortunate circumstances. So a big thank you to all of the shoebox packers of 2017!


Maybe this year (2018) we can do it again!!


Thank you.

Barbara & Nigel Silvester

To quote from the Samaritan's Purse website:

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child



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