A gift of hope for children at Christmas

Boxes of Hope, Cumbria, is the humanitarian aid charity which gets local communities together with the common aim of helping deprived children in Eastern Europe.

Since the early 1990s children and communities in Cumbria have been involved in the shoebox project, and since 2005 a team of local volunteers has become firmly established, co-ordinating the effort in South Cumbria, Furness and Eden, with support from some areas of north Lancashire. People from all round the country send donations of money or knitted garments and each year thousands of brightly coloured, gift-filled shoeboxes bring magic into a child’s Christmas. The boxes of hope may well be the first gifts the child has ever had. Each box also contains basic hygiene and educational supplies, as well as small toys and games – giving hope to a child who has had none of the opportunities we have had.

Nicola Steadman from Thomson Hayton Winkley has been a volunteer for Boxes of Hope for some years, including visiting Romania herself to deliver the boxes to needy children.

This year Nicola says “I want to thank everyone at THW, and their friends and families, who have donated knitting, cash and items for the shoeboxes. I have gathered in/prepared over 70 boxes which is incredible. The big day is Saturday 18th November when all the boxes will be checked and sent off to Romania ready for the volunteers to hand out in early December. Hopefully the total will reach 10,000 again!”

Nicola collects throughout the year and hopes to return to Romania again next year to help distribute them – so if anyone is having a clear out, she will happily take any items so that she can do even more next year. She adds “I’m always short of wool for my army of knitters, so if you come across any spare please let me have it! Thank you once again”

This is such a worthwhile charity that THW are delighted to be able to support. For more information visit http://www.boxesofhopecumbria.co.uk/

Published 17 November 2017

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