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11,000 Shoeboxes head for Belarus

24 December 2009 No Comment


Bear 1Hello, everyone,

Well, what a campaign it was this year! With one day to spare, we ended up back in “our” lovely warehouse courtesy of Bob Bettis. It felt as if we had come home! The ever growing team spent the first 2 weeks sorting fillers and wrapping empty boxes …. then the floodgates opened and the shoeboxes came in their hundreds … thousands, goodness, it was so amazing. The children came from many schools, adding their smiles, their help and excitement and the pallets of sealed cartons started to amass. You all added something very special to the campaign by joining us at the warehouse – thank you for coming.

I can scarcely believe the sheer hard work of everyone who cleared such a huge shoebox totaI in virtually 2 weeks. We handled a record number, thanks to the generous hearts of so many people. The willing team members turned their hands to many different jobs, and wonderful folk kept arriving with new supplies of filters just when we had virtually run out several times – even our stacks of knitted hats. We had a huge solid wonderful doll’s house donated by Great Waldingfield Primary School, which was furnished and curtained by some doll’s house experts on the team. We also had a special project to make shoeboxes for babushkas and deduskas (elderly ladies and men living in poverty in Belarus).

Finally, with the lorry booked for loading on Friday 4th December, it was a time for faith, when it seemed Ian at HO could not find us a lorry. The e-mail arrived on 2nd confirming our load, yet right till the Friday morning it was not known if the driver would make it in time from Lithuania. With 20 minutes to spare, we had – a shiny new road train! After a brilliant loading session (thank you Kevin, David and Dave) Alius left with a precious cargo of 11,543 boxes and one doll’s house. Thank you so much to everyone who made this amazing result possible. The road train is destined for Minsk, Belarus – which happens to be where Dan & Jill arrive on 16th to help give out the shoeboxes! The 1233 boxes still here will be collected on another lorry.

Right now I feel a bit like this bear so may your Christmas mean more because of what you have given others.

Love to you all from Nena

Bear 2

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