On Saturday, in Hunstanton, the St Edmund’s Church annual coffee morning and launch of the Shoebox Appeal organised by the Andrews family raised over £440 and collected the first 38 boxes for sending to needy children around the world.
Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, bringing joy into the lives of underprivileged children since 1990. Last year, over a million shoeboxes were and sent from the UK, and worldwide over 24 million boxes have been delivered over the past 10 years to children who need them most in some of the toughest parts of the world.
Led by the churches of Hunstanton and district, the shoebox appeal has been operating locally for about fourteen years. Angela Andrews started it with Eve Eates after Angela spotted an article in the Mothers’ Union bulletin, and the Andrews family continue to organise the St Edmund’s contributions.
Stephen Andrews, his children and grandchildren also held a raffle and guess the weight of the cake competition alongside the collection of shoeboxes and gifts to raise the funds necessary to pay the £3 per box transport costs.
The collection of gifts continues until Sunday, November 18, when all the shoeboxes are gathered together for transportation around the world.