Christmas shoeboxes are sent on their way

More than 800 shoeboxes filled with goodies for under-privileged children have begun their long journey to eastern Europe with Samaritan's Purse.

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 2:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:29 am
The Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoebox team at Berwick Baptist Church. Picture by Jane Coltman

A team of volunteers, together with various community groups, has helped to fill the boxes at Berwick Baptist Church over the past couple of weeks.

Dozens of filled shoeboxes have also been donated by local residents.

Co-ordinator David Heywood said: “There’s been a excellent response yet again from local people, especially so considering that times are hard for many people. To get over 800 shoeboxes filled is just amazing.

“We’re very pleased that we’ve had boxes from the likes of the Women’s Institute, Brownies, Inner Wheel, schools, churches and other community groups.”

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They have been filled with toys, colouring pens, colouring books, sweets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, cuddly toys, hats and scarves.

“The boxes are going to Ukraine or neighbouring countries in eastern Europe,” added David.