Our solicitor Nicola Steadman has been involved with Boxes of Hope, Cumbria for a number of years now. This year, she is heading back to Romania to hand out the shoeboxes and see the progress that has been made since her last trip in 2014.
The benefits of being a “local” charity are that a team from Cumbria takes the shoeboxes and brings pictures and stories back of the children who receive them. They are able to use surplus funding towards longer term educational support for these children. The shoeboxes contain educational supplies such as pens and pencils, toys (such as dolls, cars and tennis balls), sweets and hygiene items such as face cloths and soap. We all know children love to have fun!
Children and adults alike love to fill a shoebox – it is a simple and fun thing to do, doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it really does make a difference to a child who has none of the basics we take for granted. For these children there is none of the commercialisation we endure for weeks leading up to Christmas. Many of them have never in their lives had a gift. Many have never had a toy.
Many of our staff contribute by filling boxes themselves, or donating items to Nicola to help with her boxes. We also have avid knitters in the office who create lots of lovely woolly hats and mittens! If you’d like to take part, then take a look at the Boxes of Hope website, www.boxesofhopecumbria.co.uk and the Facebook page. Or call into our offices and pick up a leaflet and see our window display!
The campaign runs from November 1st – 12th and Nicola will visit on 2nd December to hand out the boxes and see the difference made in a few short years. See below for some example boxes
Published 24 September 2018
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