758 Shoeboxes for children.

The only gift a child somewhere will get this Christmas.

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, run by the Christmas relief and development organisation, Samaritan’s Purse.

Whitchurch Methodist Church was again the centre for the collection of shoe boxes, organised predominately by the Methodist churches in Andover, Overton and Whitchurch itself.

Loading the van.

Services and dedication
Overton and Andover churches had their own shoe box service and then the boxes were brought to the Whitchurch Methodist church for an evening dedication service led by the Superintendent Minister for the circuit, Rev. John Beadle.
The service was joined by three of the Samaritan’s Purse team, and one of them, Angie Nelson, gave a moving power point presentation based on her experiences of a distribution visit to Serbia. The graphic photos shown illustrated the dire need of many who live there.

Off to Southampton then to Zambia or Azerbaijan.

Human chain
At the end of the service, all the members of the congregation formed two lines down the middle of the church to the awaiting van outside , which would then transport the 758 boxes collected to a warehouse in Southampton, before being checked, packed into larger cartons, placed into containers, and taken to either Zambia or Azerbaijan.

Next year?
Many went from the church wanting to help in next year’s appeal, so that more children can be given a gift at Christmas. Will you be prepared to do the same?

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