Operation Christmas Child
Wendy Takes Over - After many years of collecting shoeboxes for distribution to under-privileged youngsters in Serbia, John and Shirley Adams have moved from Hethersett and this year's collection is being organised by Wendy Richter of 7, Melton Close, Wymondham. This year's campaign is underway and Wendy can be contacted on 01953 600294. Filled boxes can also be left at Bartrams Funeral Directors in either Wymondham or Hethersett. If boxes are left at either Bartrams Wendy would be grateful for names and address or contact numbers to be included so the gifts can be acknowledged.
Shirley and John Call It A Day
Over the past 15 years
Hethersett husband and wife team John and Shirley Adams have been
responsible for over 16,000 boxes loaded with goodies being sent to needy
children in Serbia under the Operation Christmas Child banner
Now John and Shirley are
calling it a day and moving to a new retirement life in Holt.
“We are very sad to be
giving up but we have decided to move and it certainly doesn’t mean an
end to the box collection,” said Shirley.
“We certainly don’t
want people to stop making up the boxes and collecting items. Last year we
managed to send over 2,200 and this has been a big part of our lives. I
would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped over the
years and would love it if they came round to say hello and goodbye before
we move. Literally hundreds of people have helped out over the years and I
have seen some grow up from being toddlers into adults,” Shirley added.
Shirley’s friend Wendy
Richter of Wymondham will act as co-ordinator for the Christmas 2011
collection and can be contacted on 01953 600294.
Directors of Wymondham will be providing storage for the boxes and items
can also be handed in at their Hethersett branch. The contact at Bartrams
will be Julie Jarvis on 01953 603138.
Box collection is not
quite at an end for Shirley and John, however, as they already have 120
boxes at their bungalow at 15 Park Drive, Hethersett.
Anyone wanting to say a personal goodbye to Shirley and John can contact them on 01603 810323
Dateline November 26th, 2010
Over 2,000 shoe boxes full of toys and goodies from
South Norfolk are on their way to needy children in Serbia in time for
With the deadline for putting together boxes gone,
local co-ordinators for the Operation Christmas Child appeal, John and
Shirley Adams of Hethersett, have expressed themselves “very pleased”
once again with the response.
The total of 2,080 boxes represents a small drop on
last year’s figure but they have been added to the consignment of over
11,000 boxes collected in the Norwich area.
Once again John and Shirley’s home in Park Drive,
Hethersett, has been full to overflowing with seasonal goodwill.
“Once again we are extremely grateful to everyone
for their support and help. It is lovely to see people coming back year
after year. Some have been sending us boxes for the past 15 years. This
year we have had bags and bags of knitting including many lovely
puppets,” Shirley said, adding that it would be some time before their
home was “back to normal.”
Whilst focusing on this Christmas and the joy that the boxes will bring to youngsters in Serbia, Shirley admits that they are already beginning plans for Christmas 2011.
Dateline November 15th, 2010
Kind hearted youngsters from a Hethersett School will
be helping to make this Christmas a memorable one for under-privileged
children in Serbia.
Pupils at Hethersett Junior School have been busy
putting together a “wall of support” made from shoe boxes jammed full
of toys and other goodies as part of the area’s annual Christmas Child
appeal. Deputy Head Richard Carter paid tribute to the efforts and caring
nature of the school.
“The youngsters really have built a shoebox wall of
support,” he said.
Operation Christmas Child is this year celebrating
its 20th anniversary and the South Norfolk appeal is once again being
co-ordinated by John and Shirley Adams of Park Drive, Hethersett.
There is now just a week to go to the deadline for
boxes which need to be with Shirley and John by November 24th
Boxes can be taken to
Shirley at 15, Park Drive, Hethersett (01603 810323) or to Bartrams
Funeral Services in Wymondham. Wymondham collector Ann Scott can also be
contacted on 01953 602881.
A lorry and trailer will be taking boxes from South Norfolk over to Serbia in December and the presents will be given out by volunteers.
Dateline October 30th, 2010
Operation Christmas Child
is celebrating a landmark year and looking to send more shoeboxes than
ever before from South Norfolk to deserving children in Serbia.
A total if 412 boxes have
already been sent from South Norfolk to the depot in Norwich ready for
their onward journey and a number of local schools are busy collecting to
seriously increase this number.
The project began in
November 1990 when the first Operation Christmas Child convoy left Wrexham
for Romania. Many changes have taken place in the subsequent 20 years but
the aim to bring comfort and love to needy children has stayed the same.
Hethersett couple John
and Shirley Adams have been at the forefront of the local collection for
many years and very shortly their house in Park Drive will be filling up
with shoeboxes ahead of the November 24th deadline.
“There is still time
for people to put some small gifts into a covered shoebox which will be
sent to Serbia to children who have never had presents before. People can
also give donations and have boxes made up for them. November 24th
is the very latest date but the earlier we receive them the better.
“We are so grateful to
all the very special people who help throughout the year from the knitters
and sewers to the people who look out for bargains all year round.
Donations can also be vital. This is a very busy and exciting time for us,
“ Shirley said.
The lorry and trailer
will be taking boxes from South Norfolk over to Serbia in December and the
presents will be given out by volunteers.
In South Norfolk, boxes
can be taken to Shirley at 15, Park Drive, Hethersett (01603 810323) or to
Bartrams Funeral Services in Wymondham. Wymondham collector Ann Scott can
also be contacted on 01953 602881.
Sending love in a box at
Christmas is the aim of a Hethersett couple who are preparing to embark on
their 15th festive charity season.
Operation Christmas Child
annually sees thousands of boxes containing presents including hats,
mittens, bags, pencil cases, dolls and even chocolate winging their way
from South Norfolk to under-privileged children in Serbia.
Shirley and John Adams of
Park Drive, Hethersett, have launched their annual appeal for shoeboxes to
be filled with items for children of all ages and they are hoping 2010 to
be a bumper Christmas for giving. Last year saw 2,315 boxes sent from
Hethersett, Wymondham, Attleborough and the surrounding villages. Once in
Serbia the boxes are personally given to the children by volunteers.
“Our hope is that as we
open our presents this Christmas we will think of those who have never had
a gift of any kind.
“When we are cosy in
our nice warm houses may we think of families living in shacks with no
water or electricity. Not many of us can physically do things to help but
we can send love in a box. These small gifts in a covered shoebox bring
joy to the children and lessen the anxiety of parents who are struggling
to provide for their children,” Shirley Adams said.
Leaflets explaining just
what can be included in the boxes are now available in churches and shops
in Hethersett and Wymondham and further information is available from John
and Shirley on 01603 810323.
“We are hoping that
people will spread the word and get friends, relatives and work colleagues
involved,” Shirley added.
Filled boxes can be left
in Wymondham at Bartrams Funeral Services or with Ann Scott at 6 Vicar
Street and in Hethersett at 15 Park Drive.
A recent coffee morning held at Marion Roberts Court, Hethersett, which included a cake sale and tombola, raised £400 for Operation Christmas Child.
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Shirley's appeal sent to us reads in full as follows:
"When we open our presents this Christmas may we think of those who have never had a gift of any kind. When we are cosy in our nice warm houses may we think of families living in shacks with no water or electricity. Not many of us can physically do things to help but we can send love in a box, small gifts in a covered shoe box to bring joy to a child and lessen the anxiety of parents who are struggling to provide for their children.
Please will you help this year? Pick up a leaflet from churches and shops in Wymondham or phone me on 01603 810323 and find out more. This year our boxes are going to Serbia (please note we can put chocolate in) and will be given out by volunteers.
Please spread the word, get friends, relations and work places involved and let's see if we can make our Christmas special by bringing joy and love to those who are really in desperate need.
Filled shoe boxes can be taken to Bartrams Funeral Services or left with Ann at 6, Vicar Street or brought to me at 15, Park Drive, Hethersett
Well over 2,000 gift filled shoeboxes are on their way to Serbia to bring a touch of joy and festive spirit to needy children in time for Christmas.
Operation Christmas Child has had a bumper year and Hethersett organisers John and Shirley Adams admit they have been stunned by a response which will see 2,315 boxes on their way in the next few days.
“This is wonderful news and a great result. The boxes will bring joy and happiness to so many needy children in time for Christmas. I would just like to thank family and friends who have spent so many hours helping to collect, check and tape the boxes up and also to our collection points at Bartrams Funeral Services and Ann Scott of Wymondham,” Shirley Adams said.
Shirley also praised local schools and groups who took part.
“If any group would like to join in next year or would like a short talk or school assembly on the Samaritans’ Purse charity which oversees Operation Christmas Child I would be delighted to oblige,” Shirley said.
Shirley and John Adams can be contacted on 01603 810323
Shirley has sent the following letter of thanks from which the above story was taken:
"Wonderful news - a great result!
2,315 gift filled shoe boxes are on their way to Serbia to bring joy and happiness to so many needy children in time for Christmas.
Our thanks go to family and friends who spend hours helping to collect, check and tape and to Bartrams Funeral Services and Ann Scott for being drop off points in Wymondham.
It is great to have so many schools and societies taking part. If you would like to join in next year or would like an assembly or short talk about the work of Samaritans Purse please let us know on 01603 810323,
A very big thank you to all involved.
Shirley and John Adams
Pupils from Hethersett
Old Hall School have been enjoying impersonating Santa’s elves, busy
packing and decorating shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child
charity which each year sends thousands of gifts to needy children in
This year’s school
project began when local co-ordinator Shirley Adams held an assembly at
the school explaining the charity’s work. Once the youngsters heard that
some disadvantaged children overseas had never received a Christmas gift,
they couldn’t wait to help.
Approximately 80 pupils
in the Pre-Prep and Junior Departments have been busy gathering together
items such as toys, jigsaws, pens and stationery, toiletries and sweets.
All items that a child in the UK might take for granted, but unfortunately
for some children are considered rare luxuries. They then decorated 87
shoeboxes festively, which were then filled with these small gifts to be
sent to the Serbian children.
Mrs Gill Mortimer, Head
of Juniors and Pre-Prep Department said;
“We take part in
Operation Christmas Child every year, and every year, the pupils
absolutely love it. The boys and girls are very caring and really want to
help to make Christmas special for those who are not so fortunate. The
fact that the pupils have put together so many parcels is a testament to
Meanwhile Shirley and
John Adams’ home at 15, Park Drive, Hethersett, has looked more like
Santa’s Grotto over the past few weeks as hundreds of boxes are
delivered. Most of these will be moved on to a Norwich warehouse for their
There is still time to
contribute to this year’s Christmas Child appeal. Boxes can be left up
until November 23rd with the Adams family or
at Bartram’s Funeral Service of Wymondham or local collector Ann Scott
of 6, Vicar Street, Wymondham. For more information on the Christmas Child
appeal, Shirley Adams can be contacted on 01603 810323. Last year’s
appeal saw over 2,300 boxes sent from the area. Shirley and John still
have a number of local schools to collect from and are expecting another
Previous Story - November 2009:
Operation Christmas Child is once again in full swing in Hethersett. The annual charity drive to send shoe boxes full of goodies for underprivileged children in Serbia is building up to a climax despite there still being six weeks to Christmas. Once again the local collection point is the Hethersett home of John and Shirley Adams at 15 Park Drive, but time is getting tight for putting the gift boxes together with the critical time being the next two weeks before thousands of the boxes are taken to a warehouse in Norwich for their onward journey to Serbia. Shirley has already collected 742 boxes and the charity looks well on target to equal or even beat last year’s total of over 2,300. A number of local schools have been involved this year.
“Hats, mitts, bags, pencil cases and dolls’ clothes have all been arriving and the response this year has once again been wonderful. There is still time to fill a shoe box and bring joy to a child who has never had a present before,” Shirley said, adding that the cut off date for boxes is November 23rd. Boxes can be left at Shirley and John’s home or at Bartram’s Funeral Service of Wymondham or local collector Ann Scott of 6, Vicar Street, Wymondham. For more information on the Christmas Child appeal, Shirley Adams can be contacted on 01603 810323.
Coffee Morning Success - September 2009
A coffee morning at Marion Roberts Court, Hethersett, raised £420 for Operation Christmas Child and delighted local organiser Shirley Adams. "It was a wonderful result and I am so grateful to everyone for making the morning such a success.
This means even more boxes can be sent this Christmas. I would just like to thank all my helpers, the manager, staff and residents of Marion Roberts Court for the marvellous support. We had one person turn up with two full bags after reading about the coffee morning in the newspaper," Shirley said. Shirley and husband John are already collecting shoeboxes full of goodies for under-privileged children in Serbia at their Park Drive, Hethersett, home and the process will be gathering pace up to just before Christmas when the boxes are taken to a distribution centre in Norwich before going to Serbia.
The word is now being spread and leaflets are being placed in post offices, shops and churches in and around Hethersett and Wymondham. "Very shortly we will be in full swing again. This year we can include chocolate and sweets in the boxes providing they have a sell by date of later than March 2010," Shirley added. More details about the charity and the shoe boxes is available from Shirley on 01603 810323.
2008 is a Bumper Year
A total of 2,399
boxes crammed full of Christmas cheer were sent this year from Hethersett,
Wymondham, Attleborough and the surrounding villages under the Operation
Christmas Child charity banner.
The shoeboxes full
of toys, games, hats, gloves and many other items found their way to poor
children in Serbia.
co-ordinators John and Shirley Adams of Hethersett were delighted with the
response in what turned out to be a record year:
“This is a
wonderful total and was well up on the previous year. I would like to
thank everybody who put boxes together and all the volunteers that helped.
We had an army of knitters who made it possible for hats and mittens to be
put in every box,” Shirley said. Shirley also had considerable help from
Bartrams Funeral Directors and Anne Scott in Wymondham and Vicky Gaskin in
Attleborough who acted as local collection points.
Every year brings
up new and interesting challenges for the charity as Shirley explained.
“I am hoping
that next year everyone will cut off the plastic tags which seem nowadays
to hold everything together. Children in Serbia do not have scissors and
it can be virtually impossible to pull them out.”
Each year John and
Shirley check the contents of every box that stacks up at their home:
“All the work is worth it to know that these gift-filled shoe boxes will
give so much pleasure and bring a smile to so many children living in
unbelievable conditions,” she said.
John and Shirley
are already looking towards their 13th year of collecting and
have a special appeal:
appreciate any spare wool so that the knitters can start their work
again,” Shirley said.
Operation Christmas Child charity to provide Christmas cheer for children
living in poverty in Serbia is heading for a record year despite the
South Norfolk folk have already donated over 2,000 shoe boxes to local
co-ordinators John and Shirley Adams (pictured above) in Hethersett and
many more are expected before this year’s appeal closes.
again people have been so kind. We have been overwhelmed at the number of
boxes and the help we have received from family, friends and the
community. We seem to be getting more and more known and people know that
the boxes are delivered personally by an army of volunteers. That way they
are certain of reaching the needy children of Serbia,” Shirley said.
Adams’ have been heartened and surprised at the number of boxes that
have arrived at their home in Park Drive.
is our 12th year and looks like being our biggest yet. We have
boxes just about everywhere apart from in the bedroom,” Shirley added.
which are at present filling up the hall, the lounge and various other
rooms, were due to be taken this week to a distribution point in Norwich.
That leaves room for more.
can take boxes until the end of the weekend, so are expecting more to
arrive,” Shirley added.
year over 2,300 boxes were collected in the local area and this looks like
being surpassed this year thanks to the work of individuals, schools,
youth and other groups. An army of knitters has also been at work
throughout the year.
boxes are for children of all ages and contain many items including paper,
pencils, soap, flannels, toy cars, jewellery, cuddly toys, scarves, hats
and even chocolate. Each one is checked by John and Shirley who can
be contacted on 01603 810323.
couple won’t be resting on their laurels, however. As soon as this
year’s shipment has left Norfolk they will begin planning for Christmas
Christmas 2008 appeal launched
Thousands of miles
away from the village of Hethersett a bedraggled four year old girl stands
in the heavy rain and cold in nothing more than a turquoise vest and
leggings watching as a group of people slip and slide through the mud
Silvana lives on a
fly tip site underneath the notorious Gazela Bridge in Belgrade where
hundreds of desperately poor families struggle to survive in shacks amid
the plastic bottles, sacks, polystyrene furniture, car parts, cardboard
and dangerous asbestos waste.
Silvana is just
one of the young children who have been helped by the Operation Christmas
Meanwhile back in
Hethersett the shoe boxes are once again beginning to stack up at the home
of local co-ordinator Shirley Adams in Park Drive. Each year John and
Shirley Adams’ home is filled by boxes containing presents for poor
youngsters in Serbia – all containing gifts from kind hearted local
people wanting to brighten Christmas for children living in poverty.
“The boxes are
hand delivered by volunteers and often the youngsters are bewildered
by the arrival of strangers who want to give them something nice.
There are many children like Silvana living in desperate situations who
have never had a present or a cuddly toy to hug and that’s where
Operation Christmas Child comes in,” Shirley said.
Over 500 boxes
have already been sent from Hethersett and there are other collection
points in South Norfolk. Last year 2,314 boxes made their way from the
local area and the charity is already on course to equal of surpass this
Leaflets are being
distributed and will be available from Hethersett Post Office and business
premises explaining how people can help by putting boxes together for
children of all ages containing items such as paper, pencils, soap,
flannels, toy cars, jewellery, cuddly toys, scarves, hats and even
love toys that make a noise. The volunteers also take tennis balls and
bubbles with them which prove very popular and, although we cannot include
any sweets that contain gelatine, we can include chocolate,” Shirley
Shirley and John’s home is now open for Christmas Child business and she can be contacted on 01603 810323. Collections are also being made in Wymondham where the contacts are Ann Scott on 01953 607868 and Julie Jarvis of Bartrams Funeral Directors on 01953 603138. The Attleboroough contact is Vicky Gaskin on 01953 860338.
Previous Operation Christmas Child Stories
year’s Operation Christmas Child appeal has resulted in 2,327 shoe boxes
containing toys and other gifts being sent to Serbia from the South
Shirley Adams, who collected many of the boxes at her Hethersett home, has
been quick to praise all those who have worked hard to bring some joy this
Christmas to children thousands of miles away.
it comes to thanking everybody I find it difficult to know where to begin.
Our team of helpers is getting bigger and spreading wider which is
wonderful. We have schools, churches, associations and work places all
taking part and we have individuals who drop off shoeboxes every year and
then there are the kind people who send in donations and shops who display
all we have our helpers. Our knitters make hats, mittens, teddies, badges
and dolls’ clothes and others collect, sort and deliver the boxes ready
for their transport,” Shirley said.
boxes will be hand delivered by volunteers to children in the poorer areas
many this will be their first ever present. December is the time to think
of these children. It would be so lovely to see their smiles and hear
their laughter when they open the shoe boxes and see the gifts that have
been so lovingly packed,” Shirley added.
is already turning her attention to next year.
year we ran out of hats and mittens. We would be very happy if anyone
could help with the knitting or supplying wool next year,” she added.
Volunteers can contact Shirley on 01603 810323.
beginning to pile up at a Hethersett home and that can only be good news
for children living in another part of Europe.
For each of the
boxes contains Christmas gifts destined for Norwich’s twin City of
Novi Sad in Serbia. They are distributed under Operation Christmas Child
which is a project of the Samaritan’s Purse charity.
The charity sends
gifts to some of the world’s poorest children. Locally they are
transported to Novi Sad to help underline the close relationship that
exists between the Serbian city and Norfolk.
co-ordinator Shirley Adams and husband John (pictured above) are now accepting boxes at
their home at 15, Park Drive, Hethersett, and they say the more the
Halls and rooms
full of complete boxes and other material to make up additional ones
make Shirley and John happy as it illustrates how successful the appeal
is. The boxes are taken in lots of between 200 and 300 a time to a
distribution centre near Anglia Square in Norwich. At the beginning of
December lorries arrive from Serbia to transport them and each box is
then personally delivered by a group of volunteers.
“It costs £2 to
transport each box, so we are also happy to accept donations. If people
don’t want to fill a shoebox we can also accept sweets and chocolate.
We are particularly looking for boxes suitable for boys aged between 10
and 14 as we seem to have a shortage this year,” Shirley said.
Shirley has also
enlisted the help of Woodside Infants School, Hethersett Junior School
and Old Hall School. All three are supporting the charity and filling
“We want to show
our love and let the children of Serbia know that they are not
forgotten. A lot of these children have nothing. We get so many
heart-warming stories. Some believe the boxes come from God,” Shirley
Shirley and John
will be collecting boxes until 20th November. The contents
will vary as those donating are asked to specify the sex and age group
their boxes are suitable for. The age groups are 2-4 years, 5-8 years
and 10 to 14 years. A relevant sticker is placed on each box.
Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. In 2006
1.24 million shoe boxes from the UK were sent to children in hospitals,
orphanages, internally displaced persons camps, homeless shelters and
impoverished neighbourhoods throughout the world.
what should and shouldn’t be included in boxes are available at a
variety of sources in South Norfolk and also from Wymondham Library.
This year’s campaign is also being supported by Bartrams Undertakers
in Wymondham. In addition Wymondham co-ordinator Ann Scott will accept
boxes at 6 Vicar Street and they can also be left at Attleborough
Baptist Church by first contacting Vicky Gaskin on 01953 860338.
Further information on the charity and what can and cannot be included in the boxes is available from John and Shirley Adams on 01603 810323.
News update - November 26th, 2007
Over 2,000 shoe boxes
have been collected in South Norfolk during this year’s Operation
Christmas Child appeal.
The appeal sees boxes
of toys and other goods being shipped out to children in Serbia in time
Numerous local groups
and organisations have been busy filling boxes this year including
Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Woodside Infants School, Hethersett
Old Hall School, Barnham Broom School, Browick Road School, Wymondham
Baptist Church, Morley School, Wreningham School, Hingham Church, Spooner
Row School, Atleborough Junior School, the Trefoil Guild, Tacolneston
School and Church, Wymondham Methodist Church, Ashley Road School
Wymondham, Attleborough Baptist Church and the Montessori Nursing Home
Kind hearted police
staff at the Wymondham headquarters of Norfolk Constabulary also collected
over 100 boxes through their Christian Fellowship.
“Every year we
think we aren’t going to get as much and every year we get more. I would
like to sincerely thank everybody that has contributed and all our helpers
who have collected the boxes. Many people, who haven’t made up boxes
themselves, have sent in items such as scarves, hats, badges, teddy bears
and jumpers,” said local project co-ordinator Shirley Adams, whose
Hethersett home has for the past month been packed from floor to ceiling
Most of the boxes are
already on their way to Serbia and this coming weekend (December 1st/2nd)
is the last that they can be delivered to Shirley’s Park Drive home if
they are to arrive in time for Christmas.
Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. In 2006 1.24 million shoe boxes from the UK were sent to children in hospitals, orphanages, internally displaced persons camps, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods throughout the world.
As summer draws to a
close, a local charity is already preparing to make Christmas a special
time for children living hundreds of miles away.
A special service is
being held in Wymondham’s United Reformed Church on Sunday (26th
August) at 10.30 a.m when Operation Christmas Child project co-ordinator
Shirley Adams from Hethersett and Wymondham co-ordinator Ann Scott will
be leading worship and explaining about the charity which sends
shoeboxes to children living in the poorer areas of Serbia.
“We are hoping that
the service will be a nice way of bringing people to church and give
them the chance to learn about the charity and how they can help. It
will also give them the opportunity to get to know us,” Shirley said.
The service will
include a video and Shirley will have sample boxes and explain the
history and importance of the charity’s work. It will be followed by
The collection of boxes
in the Hethersett, Wymondham and surrounding areas will start in earnest
from the end of September, although Shirley already has 200 boxes made
up in her loft. Individuals and local schools all take part in the
project with thousands of boxes going from Norwich to Serbia.
Leaflets will shortly
be available in libraries and shops telling the public how they can take
part in the scheme and what should and shouldn’t be included in the
boxes and also giving details of local collection points.
A coffee morning for
Operation Christmas Child is also being held in the hall and grounds of
Marion Roberts Court in Mill Road, Hethersett, on September 6th
from 10 a.m until noon.
Anyone wanting more
information on Operation Christmas Child can contact Shirley Adams on
Coffee Morning Success
A coffee morning held at Marion Roberts Court, Hethersett, raised £439.35 for the Christmas Child appeal.
The money came from coffee and cakes, the sale of toys and donations and will be put towards filling shoe boxes to send to needy children in Serbia at Christmas. Leaflets explaining about the charity have been published and will be available in various shops throughout South Norfolk in the coming weeks.
Recently project co-ordinator Shirley Adams and Wymondham co-ordinator Ann Scott took part in a special service at Wymondham United Reformed Church to help raise awareness of the charity. “I would like to thank everyone who has given us so much support and given donations and gifts,” Shirley said adding that she will be collecting boxes at her home in Hethersett from the end of September.
Apart from filled boxes the charity is also in need of chocolate, sweets and toothpaste to send to the youngsters. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, Shirley can be contacted on Norwich 810323.
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.