Season’s shoebox appeal a great success

Volunteers at The Peoples Church, Banbury with shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Co-ordinator Eunice Harradine is at the front on the right. NNL-141118-121624009
Volunteers at The Peoples Church, Banbury with shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Co-ordinator Eunice Harradine is at the front on the right. NNL-141118-121624009

The district co-ordinator of Banbury’s Operation Christmas Child appeal is delighted with people’s support of the cause this season.

Eunice Harradine has been left really impressed with the number of gift-filled shoeboxes donated by people in the Banbury area during November.

A total of 1,895 shoeboxes were checked and packed into cartons at the satellite warehouse at The People’s Church in Horsefair.

Mrs Harradine said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us reach this fantastictotal. We’ve had good support from many sectors of the local community – schools, churches, WIs, other groups and many individuals. Without people’s care and generosity we couldn’t have done it.

“We always have a lovely atmosphere while we’re checking the shoeboxes and this year was no exception. Some of our regular helpers were unable to join us due to ill health but several new people came and we are very grateful to all who gave of their time and energy.”

This year’s shoeboxes are being sent to needy children in the Ukraine, the Philippines and Belarus, all countries that have suffered war, hurricane storms and/or extreme poverty over recent times.

Mrs Harradine added she also wanted to thank The Entertainer, in Castle Quay, Banbury, Shoe Zone and the Leeds Building Society in Banbury’s High Street, and Bodicote Stores in Molyneux Drive, Bodicote, which all gave out leaflets and acted as drop-off points for the filled shoeboxes.

Although The People’s Church is no longer able to accept shoeboxes for this year’s appeal, people can still build a shoebox online to go to Romania. It can be personalised by choosing from a list of gifts and dragging and dropping them into the online shoebox, then adding a personal letter and photo, if desired.

The shoebox will be packed and sent for a suggested donation of just £15 plus £3 shipping per box. Go to https://shoeboxworld.co.uk/ for further details.