Shoebox Sunday at South Norfolk church
Suffering youngsters from across the world will receive their only Christmas present this year thanks to the heartfelt concern of children at Hope Community Church Wymondham who supported Shoebox Sunday on November 9, 2014. Sandie Shirley reports.
Youngsters aged pre-school to teenage gave ‘love in a box’ by filling over 60 shoeboxes with small gifts to share the meaning of Christmas with their peers across the sea in support of Operation Christmas Child
The shoeboxes were sealed with hope, care and prayer and sent onto a Norwich depot before leaving the UK by sea or air. The boxes may continue their journey by truck, rickshaw, elephant or horse and cart in freezing conditions, to reach desperate children in hospitals, orphanages and refugee camps where there is war, disease or famine for example.
Youngsters from Hope Church’s children and youth Sunday programme “Uber” sessions watched a DVD showing the joyful response from children across the waters as they opened their shoeboxes. They also learnt about the true meaning of Christmas and that God loves cheerful givers.
Maisie, one of the younger children, filled her shoebox for a teenage girl with toys, sweets, pencils, toothbrush and cross-shaped bookmark together with details about herself as she reached out in friendship to her unknown recipient. And Noah said: “Other children in the world do not have as much as we do and I am happy to make them happy”.
More than a 100 million shoeboxes have been given to children in over 130 countries since relief organisation, Samaritan's Purse, launched Operation Christmas Child two decades ago. “The shoebox tells a child in need that they are loved while opening up a variety of life-changing opportunities for them, their family and community,” says Samaritan’s Purse.
Hope Community Church meets at 10.30am on Sundays at Wymondham High Academy. They provide a full and varied programme for children of all ages. For more information: www.hccw.co.uk