Our Operation Christmas Child campaign has now ended, and all the shoeboxes have been sent on their way.
At our local checking centre in Maidenhead we collected over 6400 shoeboxes this year. Although the number is slightly less than last year, we think it is a terrific result when you consider the current economic climate.
We all had a great time checking and packing our shoeboxes, but of course that is only part of the story.
This year our boxes were sent to needy children in Swaziland, Belarus and Romania.
I was fortunate enough to receive some pictures recently of some of our shoeboxes being offloaded at their destination in Belarus.
Many hands make light work!
It looks pretty cold, doesn't it?
If you look closely in this picture, some of the cartons have an M written on the side, which shows that they came from our centre in Maidenhead!
Another carton of shoeboxes on it's way to some needy children.
There were two live webcasts this week showing some of the children in Belarus receiving their shoeboxes. You can see them here and here.
The children in Belarus say 'thank-you'.
I would like to add my thanks to all the people that I have been in contact with this year - schools, churches, businesses, and individuals who have put together so many shoeboxes. Also thanks go to all the volunteers who help make this happen - checkers, packers, drivers, and the wonderful team who make the whole thing run so smoothly. Well done everyone - and roll on Operation Christmas Child 2013!