At lunchtime today a white van drew up outside the church and collected 148 shoeboxes covered in attractive Christmas paper and full of presents for deprived children in Eastern Europe. The two men who collected them were delighted to see so many as they had received very few at their previous collecting points and one church appeared to have got the wrong date altogether so their boxes will probably not make it for this Christmas. Our boxes looked very good indeed even though we have not managed to do quite as many as last year. Many people worked very hard during the year so that so much could be achieved. Several ladies have knitted enormous numbers of hats and scarves. The Monday Craft Group have contributed in many ways but especially in the rather tedious task of covering the boxes and many more people from both Christ Church and Fulwood URC and indeed from our neighbours round about have contributed a wide range of toys; toiletries; stationery and lots of other things as well as cash to cover transport. It really is a ‘tour de force’ so thank you to everyone who helped. Don’t forget to start saving your empty shoeboxes now so we can make a good start for next Christmas.