Christmas Children Appeal 2006
Children in the
Novi Sad area of Serbia had some Christmas cheer this year thanks to the
generosity of people from South Norfolk.
A total of 2,109
shoes boxes were sent out from Hethersett, Wymondham, Attleborough and
the surrounding villages and joined 12,700 boxes to be sent from Norwich
organisations, groups and individuals made it a record year for the
area. The boxes are distributed under the auspices of the Samaritans
Purse charity and contain a variety of goods including paper, pencils,
soap, flannels, toothpaste as well as balls, puzzles, cuddly toys, hats
for Samaritans Purse, Shirley Adams, collected the South Norfolk boxes
at her Hethersett home from September onwards.
“Ten years ago
when we started we collected 46 boxes. Last year it was over 1,900 and
this year we have sent 2,109. I would like to thank everyone for their
generosity and kindness.
Every year I'm amazed and give thanks for the generosity of people - the
love and care that is taken in filling a box to bring joy to a child at
Christmas is wonderful. People often leave boxes at my home and we are
unable to thank them personally,”
The boxes are
divided into those suitable for boys and girls and into three age ranges
– 2-4 years, 5-9 years and 10 to 14 years.
The South Norfolk
collection was started a decade ago by Hethersett Happy Circle and
Hethersett Methodist Church. It has blossomed from there and already
Shirley is planning for next Christmas.
“I already have a
bag of goods for next year. The boxes go to the poor areas of Novi Sad
and are distributed in schools, orphanages and hospitals,” she added.
boxes from September onwards and they are sent to Norwich in lots of two
to three hundred.
“The response has
been wonderful. The local churches have done so much to help by truly
working together,” Shirley added.
During the year
Shirley talks to various local groups about the scheme. She also has
videos and DVDs. Anyone wishing to help or learn more about the
collections can contact Shirley on Norwich 810323.