Even with the difficulties caused by the Pandemic last year, we were delighted to be able to contribute 71 Shoeboxes to the Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal. In total, the small Christian charity which offers help to people of all backgrounds regardless of race, colour or creed with no qualifying criteria other than that they are poor and marginalised, was able to distribute 20.678 boxes to families and elderly people in Eastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine).
Of those 71 boxes, 10 were put together by individuals and the incredible generosity of monetary donations, handmade crafts and other gifts meant that Russell and I were able to put together the other 61 boxes.
We hope that people would like to get involved again this year. If you feel able to pack a box yourself, then that would be great – thank you. But, if you like to join in but would rather not/are unable to go to the shops and would be happy to give a donation, Russell and I are willing to do the shopping and packing for you! We will do some ‘bulk’ online ordering – using the ‘Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal 2020’ Wishlist on Amazon, local Charity Shops & other online suppliers similar to those we used last year.
A shoebox for a Family means that everyone receives a gift. A scarf for the mum, a tape measure for the dad, toys and games for the children as well as stationery and coloured pens. Also, toiletries, toothpaste, shampoo and soap to keep
everyone clean and free from the germs that make them ill. And, of course, sweets and chocolates for everyone.
Due to the number of elderly people that are now being left alone due to their families leaving to work away, Elderly shoeboxes are also vital. The boxes are similar to the Family Shoeboxes; however, the children’s games and education materials are replaced with a hot water bottle, sensory items, candle and holder etc.
We have the leaflets which give you all the information – let us know if you want 1 (or more); or you can download them from the Link to Hope website, where there is also a lot of extra information, including a video showing the gifts being distributed and the love that is shown to all:
The website also gives ideas for handmade items – for the crafty ones amongst you!
If you want to find out about Link to Hope’s story and visual information on what to put in the boxes, watch
An important date – All shoeboxes MUST be in Church/with Hilary & Russell by Sunday 31st October.
If you need any more information, please contact us. Thanking you, in anticipation! Hilary & Russell Collins.