Shoe box gifts for needy children

Date: Friday 2nd December 2016
Pennine Young Farmers’ Club, which supports the campaign each year, with some of the 20 boxes members put together for needy youngsters.
Pennine Young Farmers’ Club, which supports the campaign each year, with some of the 20 boxes members put together for needy youngsters.

THE shoe box charity Boxes of Hope, Cumbria, has sent more than 11,000 filled boxes from by people in the county and North Lancashire to Eastern Europe.

The boxes have been filled with gifts donated by members of the public, and this year’s response has been fantastic.

The shoe boxes were collected and taken to warehouses in Kirkby Stephen, Ambleside, Barrow and Kendal, where they were packed on to a wagon which set off for Eastern Europe on 22nd November.

The distribution team of seven volunteers travel out on 3rd December to distribute the boxes in the most poverty-stricken areas of Romania, with the help of partner charity People 2 People. The website www.boxesofhopecumbria.co.uk will carry a report of the distribution trip when the volunteers return.