On 8 October, Ruth McCaig came to our Sunday morning service to launch our Shoebox Appeal for this year.
Ruth is the Operation Christmas Child Regional Manager for Scotland and she encouraged us all to prepare a shoebox for a child.
We have had a marvellous response to our Shoebox Appeal this year and we have been really pleased to have been given so many donations for our boxes.
We have had some beautiful hand-knitted items, which are such a joy to include, and we’ve had many donations of gifts for the boxes, from sweets and pens to toothbrushes and pads of writing paper – all of which are perfect for putting in the boxes we make up.
We have also had many very kind and generous donations of money for buying the extra items we need and also for the costs incurred by Samaritan’s Purse in sending the boxes overseas. Your support of the Appeal is hugely appreciated and thank you all very much indeed for your contribution.
This year our church was more widely advertised as being a drop-off point and we received a large number of shoeboxes from Belford Chapel, some from Carricknowe Church, and from some of the students at Erskine Stewarts Melville School, all in addition to the boxes prepared by members of the congregation, our neighbours living nearby and one or two local offices.
Our final total of boxes is a marvellous 231 and we are thrilled to be sending them off to Romania for distribution in time for Christmas.
Our thanks to all who donated and to Joan Meikle and all the Shoebox Team