Fill a shoe box for the needy
CHURCHGOERS in Clevedon are appealing to people to help give needy children across the world a special gift this Christmas.
Clevedon Christadelphians is setting up a collection point for the Samaritan's Purse annual Christmas Child operation.
Each year hundreds of thousands of shoe boxes filled with goodies are sent to support children in Europe, Central Asia and Africa. It is the second year the church has supported the project and in 2011 it collected 272 shoeboxes which were sent to needy children.
A drop off point will be set up at the Christadelphian hall at Coleridge Vale Road North from November 1-18. People are being asked to fill shoeboxes with items including toys, dolls, pens, paper and colouring books as well as items such as toothbrush, toothpaste and hairbrushes, combs and flannels and soap.
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Those wanting to get involved can also pack sweets, gloves, scarves and items such as hats, bangles and necklaces.
All items should be new and each box should include an item from each category and should be marked whether it is for a girl and boy and what age range – two to four, five to nine and 10-14-years-old – it is suitable for.
Chocolate and other foods can't be packed, nor medicine, fragile items, aerosols or clothing.
Clevedon Christadelphians treasurer, Rob Gillingham, said: "Last year Operation Christmas Child sent out 1.12 million boxes, 272 of which were collected here.
"This year we want to try and get even more.
"Last year we received 50 shoeboxes from one school and we are hoping to be able to work with local schools again this year.
For a full list of what can go in the shoeboxes and details drop off times, visit http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk.