Shoesboxes Full of Christmas Cheer
Wednesday 21st October 2015 @ 15:36 by Lee Wild

A Glossop church is collecting Christmas toys as a tribute to a Hollingworth woman who helped brighten the lives of hundreds of poor children.

Zion Congregational on Simmondley Lane is once again setting up as a base for Operation Christmas Child.

This year they will be remembering Dorothy Green who spearheaded the campaign for many years. Sadly Dorothy died earlier this year.

Friend Christine Edwards said: “We are doing this for Dorothy as well as the children.”

Christine and her colleagues will be at the church between 10am and 3pm on November 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25 and 26.

As in previous years, they are asking people to fill a shoebox with presents for children, and mark the box for a girl or boy.

The age ranges Christine and her friends are looking at are up to four years old, five to nines and 10 to 14.

Whatever people want to put in the boxes is up to them.

But no chocolate, because it melts; and no shampoo or other liquids, because the bottles might leak.

Also you they don’t want war toys, as some of the boxes are destined for countries where children have experienced real wars at close quarters.

Christine said items they would like include school items, such as pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, or small toys, soft toys, balls, solar calculators, sweets, soap and flannels and toiletries.”

There is a list on the Operation Christmas Child webpage, where there are also more details.

You can also log in and eventually find the country your gift has gone to.

The boxes are likely to be sent to various destinations in Eastern Europe. Like Romania, Belarus and Albania, and parts of Africa.

You can wrap your box in Christmas paper, but keep the lid loose so the contents can be checked.

The various bases are asking for voluntary donations of £3 to help pay for the presents to be transported.

But don’t worry if you don’t have the money. As Christine said: “The shoe-boxes will still be sent whether we have the £3 or not.”

Picture courtesy of Rachel Titiriga