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CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL, a note from Arthur Sibun


With the summer we are having this year it seems almost impossible to speculate on which day might be the hottest.  But it does seem rather ironic to be sitting here on oneof the hottest days of the year trying to write an article about Christmas!  However, believe it or not, in a couple of weeks it will be time to start thinking about this year’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Once again, in our benefice, we shall be supporting the Link to Hope charity in Sussex who send boxes to Romania, Moldova, The Ukraine and Bulgaria.  I know that that many of you, whilst enjoying filling a box for a family/child, last year also enjoyed the opportunity of doing one specifically for an elderly person (as their needs are often rather overlooked).  The other BIG plus with this scheme is that you just wrap up your box like a present once it is ready, rather than having the fiddle of covering a box and a lid separately with wrapping paper as in the past.  We have already had a number of enquiries from people wanting boxes and leaflets for this year and have also already been given some lovely knitted items in anticipation.

Christine and I have been busy too over the last few months acquiring a stock of suitable shoeboxes and getting all of the necessary leaflets.  To take part you will need an empty shoebox (or boxes) - ours or yours, some gifts and an instruction leaflet for each box that you intend to fill.  The leaflets are very clear and helpful, so do read one through before you start.  By the time this article appears boxes and leaflets will be available in each church. (Or ring Christine and Arthur Sibun on 01462-459145 if you need any help).  Completed boxes should be returned to church for onward transportation. Further details and dates for deadlines etc. will be published in next month’s PAX.

Please do help us if you possibly can.  Thank you.

                                                                                        Arthur Sibun