Operation Christmas Child 2019 – results

Congratulations! A total of 494 filled shoeboxes were collected from Bramhall Methodist Church last Monday, filling a quarter of the collection-van! They are now on the next stage of their eventual journey to – probably – Moldova, or another Eastern European country.

Because the church agreed to act as a drop-off point for the local community this year, that figure includes boxes donated by Bramhall United Reform Church, Fords Lane Evangelical Church, The Hollies pre-school in Poynton, Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter, and many other groups and individuals from Bramhall and surrounding areas – of all faiths and none. Additionally, so many surplus items were donated that they would probably have filled at least another 30 boxes. (This will be done by the volunteers at the warehouse, at the next stage of the process.)

I understand from Samaritan’s Purse that Operation Christmas Child UK last year (2018) sent a total of 511,200 gift-filled shoeboxes to children around the world, “as part of a global total of 10.6 million shoebox gifts sent by the UK and other partnering countries to hurting children worldwide”.

I will display a certificate of thanks from the charity in the Welcome Area in due course for everyone to see, but would like to add my own personal thanks to: -

  • The Junior Church youngsters for their lovely hand-made cards, which went into the boxes;

  • The Brownies, for their carefully-wrapped boxes and cards;

  • Everyone who knitted hats, gloves, finger puppets, etc for the boxes;

  • Those lovely people who accommodated the boxes (filled and empty) in the office, lent me pricing-guns, allowed me to ignore editorial or website-deadlines and/or provided help, coffee and tablecloths to David and me on Sunday mornings. (You know who you are!)

  • All the other very kind people who operate ‘behind the scenes’, and without whose help I would have been completely lost, especially Philip Berry this year.

Once again, you have achieved your goal of brightening the lives of so many children, helping to show them they are surrounded by God’s love and letting them know they are not forgotten.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Charlotte Decorte

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