More than 2,600 shoeboxes made by residents living in Banbury and the surrounding villages will be sent to needy children across the world this year as part of Operation Christmas Child.
Banbury always does its best to support those who are less fortunate than we are, and Eunice Harradine, district co-ordinator, has hailed the fantastic response as the amount is nearly 39 per cent up on last year’s figure of 1,895.
Se said: “We’ve had a fantastic response this year and on behalf of the children I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this possible.
“I am thrilled that local people have given so generously. Every shoebox has been lovingly filled and will bring a smile to the face of the child receiving it.
“Many of the children have little to call their own and for them to receive simple gifts like those in the shoeboxes makes them feel loved and valued. This feeling stays with them into adulthood.”
All shoeboxes are checked and processed over a three-week period at The Peoples Church in Horsefair before being forwarded to the regional warehouse in Evesham, from where they are sent abroad.
Although it is too late to donate locally, virtual shoeboxes can be made up online at www.shoeboxworld.co.uk/ until Christmas Day.
In the New Year volunteers will make these into real shoeboxes to join others being sent overseas.
Mrs Harradine added: “We’ve had a great team of volunteers working at the church, many of them not connected to the church, and quite a number have spent longer than they intended to help us finish on time.”
If anyone would be able to knit or crochet for the next shoebox season, you can call Mrs Harradine on 07710 483902 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org