Yesterday afternoon's OCC campaign launch was a great success and a wonderful start to the Operation Christmas Child campaign in Maidenhead. We were delighted that so many people decided to join us for the afternoon - 88 people signed our list of attendees, which was a record number.
Welcoming smiles on arrival from Maggie and Janet
More shoeboxes arrived too.
The hall was just about full.
We were entertained by two talented young singers - unfortunately the room was so full that I couldn't get a better picture, for which I apologise!
Our campaign leader, Doreen, kept the proceedings very well organised!
Julia and Maggie explain what should and should not go into a shoebox.
Our guest speaker, Diana, tells the story of how receiving a shoebox as a child in Romania affected her. She still has Martin, her shoebox bear, to help relate her tale.
Some fireworks help the cakes go with a bang! We were celebrating the 20th anniversary of Operation Christmas Child.
Doreen and Diana pose for the press - we're always happy to get some good publicity! (Another member of our team, Lynne, was talking on local radio this morning about the shoebox campaign.)
A good time was had by all generations!