Love in a Box

9th October 2019

We will once again be supporting the charity appeal ‘Love in a box’, within our school, following the amazing success over the last three years.

‘Love in a box’ is a Christmas box scheme for orphaned children in Moldova, near Ukraine. The scheme is run by 'Mustard seed' and more information can be found at www.msrm.org.uk. Our local contact, Mrs Jenny Stimpson, who was once worked at our school has a huge part in organising this within the village, I will be working closely with her, last year we packed the boxes together over several lunchtimes along with help from the school council. I would like to help Mrs Stimpson again, last year we filled over 90 boxes.

I am looking for donations to fill our boxes. These donations ranged from unwanted clean soft toys, 20p value toothpastes from Tesco, 4 pack of bubbles from poundland, to money towards the petrol, it is always amazing the support we have!

I am aiming to collect donations from today until Wednesday 9th October; your child’s classroom will have an area which they can store the donations and boxes until they are then transported to a sorting area. There will be no tick sheet or record of who has or hasn't given, this is totally anonymous! Then I, with the help of Mrs Stimpson and school council reps and other volunteers within school with sort what we get and box them all up on behalf of the school, ready to go to the collection points over half term.

The most amazing thing is items do not have to be new! Just clean and in good condition. Have a hunt round for any little notepads, Haribos or small pencil packs cluttering up your drawers. The only things they do stipulate is that nothing can be war related, need batteries or made from chocolate.

Children have items which are always included in EVERY box (see list overleaf – we need donations of all these things this year, but every year we have a real shortage of toothpaste, facecloths, sharpeners and marbles.

Boxes – Size 4 and upwards, with separate lids if possible (the top and base need to be wrapped separately so the lid can be removed for packing/security checks etc.) prewrapped would be a huge help!

Essentials - Soap, facecloths, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrush and comb

Stationary - Pencil case, notepad, crayons, pens, pencils, sharpeners, rubber and stencil/ruler

Sweets – A small bag of sweets, or a bag or lollies, although not chocolate

A Toy – Small games, small cars, tennis balls, cards, spinners, bubbles or perhaps a little recorder, necklaces, bracelets

A small cuddly toy – small cuddly toys, knitted puppets which are especially rare, but loved

Money - £3 for petrol per box. Local volunteers drive the rented vans over personally

Hat and scarf, gloves

We will keep you updated with the progress in the form of pictures on the school website, showing each step as we go. Many thanks for any help you can give,