Our monthly craft group, which makes items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, met this week for the first time this year. It was a bitterly cold day, so we were fewer people than normal (although I've spoken to at least 2 people since who simply forgot!) However, we were happy to welcome a new lady to join us. Maybe we should do a better job at reminding everyone, but we always meet on the first Monday of the month.
We made some old favourites this time - felt pencil cases. Here the ladies are all in deep concentration on their work. (By the way, the Quality Street tin contains sewing threads, not chocolates, although that is a tasty plate of biscuits behind it - well, you need something to keep out the cold these days!)
There's some very neat stitching going on here.
And here are some of the finished articles.
Many of the ladies like to take materials home to work, and will be bringing them finished next time, so we will hopefully end up with a lot more pencil cases.
My friend Maggie, with whom I now share the job of coordinating the OCC campaign in our area, recently travelled to Crimea in Ukraine on a shoebox distribution trip. She related how useful and important it is to include writing materials and paper in the shoeboxes, because the children have to provide their own stationery when they go to school, and this can be a real challenge for children living in difficult conditions. We always try to make sure that some stationery items are included in every shoebox.
Thanks for coming, ladies, and we'll see you all next month, hopefully, when we'll be making some beaded necklaces and bracelets.