Recently I received a box in the post.
Not a terribly large box, really.
So it was quite a surprise, when I open it, to find it stuffed full of so much woolly goodness.
A big pile of lovely gifts for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. All lovingly made and sent to me by Helen from Shropshire.
Twelve little purses....
... ten colourful hand puppets....
... 23 wriggly crochet snakes....
... and some beaded bracelets and crochet hair clips.
Thank you so much Helen, for making and for sending all these lovely shoebox gifts. Your gift will be passed on with love to many needy childen.
I know I've been rather quiet on the blogging front of late. With the Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign now getting into full swing, I am currently rather busy on the organising front. This year I took over the responsibility for coordinating the shoebox collections in my local area. I have been busy doing that work so that the many schools, churches, businesses and other local community groups will get their piles of shoeboxes collected by our local volunteers. I am also helping a small team of people who run the local processing centre, where we check and pack all the shoeboxes that have been collected or dropped off at collection points around the area.
To give you some idea of what is involved, last year we checked and packed over 6,800 shoeboxes That work currently takes priority over blogging, and will continue to do so for a number of weeks now. I will try to post from time to time, but perhaps less frequently than normal. The most important thing is to make sure that all the shoeboxes that have been filled with love and care by so many people, get to their destinations, where they will fill a child's heart with joy and love.