SHOEBOXES: Appeal helps needy children

We as the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal co-ordinators for 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 Handi 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.

All the volunteers involved in checking the boxes agreed that the church was the best premises they have been in. It was warm and comfortable.

We have been truly amazed at 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 have held extra events to raise more cash to help with the costs, 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 last year by 500.Romania is where Operational Christmas Child started in 1990. Although this year’s appeal is finished, I know that the knitters and others have already collecting for next year.

When you open your presents on Christmas morning you will know that a child somewhere in Romania will have a smile on their face because of the generosity of the people of Northumberland.

For more details or become involved, ring.

Carol Nelson 01670 736509, Jackie Rogers, 07973 331748