Going, Going Gone!
Load of boxes packed with Joy for Christmas
This years’ Shoebox Appeal has been hard work but exceptionally successful and here is the photograph to prove it. For weeks, our volunteer collection teams have been beavering away and our packing team in Potto has done a sterling job boxing and palleting everything for shipment. All that work paid dividends, when Romanian driver, Constantin Marica, almost single handed with some help from Appeal Co-ordinator Eddie Errington packed his pantechnicon to the roof, safely stowed his load and set off across Europe.
Eddie Errington, our own sterling septuagenarian and “roving ambassador” shared with Web news “The driver was on his own, I helped him until I couldn't do any more but other than that he did it all on his own and as you can see from the photos, it was one BIG lorry!! He started loading at 7.30 am and finished around 10.30 then got in the lorry and set off - he didn't even have a cup of coffee after he's loaded! He was a star I have never seen a lad work so hard and so fast. He deserves to be mentioned in dispatches and I have already shared that with the team at Mission Relief, our logistics partner.”
In addition to boxes packed with over 8000 donated shoebox gifts to bring the joy of Christmas to the poorest of the poor, this shipment included a further 97 boxes crammed with gifts of hand knitted warm clothing and blankets to help the most destitute infants, children and senior citizens in Europe face the coming winter. The snow is already falling across Romania and temperatures are tumbling.
Thank you everyone for making this year’s Shoebox Appeal so successful and thanks also go to everyone who donated beautiful hand knits to help those supported by our projects stay warm this winter. Merry Christmas and God bless you each and everyone!
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