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Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal 2017

Operation Christmas Child is arranged by a non-profit organisation called Samaritans Purse, who meet the physical needs of victims of war, famine, natural disasters, poverty and disease. Their mission is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy people around the world. The aid and assistance are given without regard to the race, creed, gender, religion or ethnicity of the people that receive their help. Over the years Samaritans Purse have assisted in many disasters such as the South Asian Tsunami, the Pakistan Earthquake, the Syrian refugee crisis and the earthquake in Nepal.

The Parish has again participated in the appeal and as always the generosity has been overwhelming. On Thursday 16th November we loaded 219 shoeboxes onto the Operation Christmas Child van and that was delivered to the central warehouse in Tunbridge Wells. As part of this total the Parish donated £868 which enabled us to build 60 boxes, plus allow the money for the transportation costs for these boxes.

In total 41,281 shoeboxes were collected locally and processed through the West Kent warehouse. The shoeboxes from the warehouse were then sent to Albania, Belarus, Central Asia, Estonia, Latvia, Romania and the Ukraine. So the shoeboxes we collected have gone to children in one of these seven countries.

This year Operation Christmas Child in the United Kingdom sent an amazing 678,942 gift filled shoeboxes to children overseas and these formed part of over 11 million that were sent from from around the world. Due to the support of organisations and parishes like ours, that is over eleven million children who will have a ray of hope and love shone into their lives. We often underestimate the impact of such a gift but again and again Samaritans Purse are meeting adults who received boxes as children and they are still overcome with emotion and thankfulness. They often remember every item in their box, will talk about it being a moment of light in the darkness of their world and always encourage us to try and send more boxes.

So we look forward again to taking part in the 2018 appeal and once again thank you to everyone who took part.

Our Parish Contact is: Andrew Fallon - 01634 360545