Love in a Box 2017

25th September 2017

I am delighted to tell you I have agreed to organise ‘Love in a box’ again this year within our school, following the amazing parental support last year I felt we had to do it again!

‘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 Mrs Jenny Stimpson, has a huge part in organizing within the village, I will be working closely with her, last year we packed the boxes together over lunchtimes along with the school council.

I would like to help Mrs Stimpson again,to see if we as a community could again increase the number of boxes which leave from this area this year. Last year we filled 76 boxes, some came prefilled and wrapped from you but most were made from the huge donations which came in the bagful from you and the children! Donations came in the form of bags of toys, bags of toothbrushes and toothpastes from a parent’s work, others donated money towards the petrol, just amazing!

Many of you may know it and already participate, so carry on doing the fantastic job you do, you can continue to drop it to Jenny or bring it into school.

I am aiming to collect donations from Monday 25th September until Wednesday 4th October, your child’s classroom will have a box in it for the children to pop in any items. 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 will 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. Like last year I have collected several items from my house, which my children have finished using or have multiples of, e.g. bubbles, a snap game, bouncy balls and colouring pencils to name a few! It could be a tube of value toothpaste or 4 packs of bubbles for £1, something very cheap. Or even if you could donate the wrapped box or £1 towards petrol money! The only thing they do stipulate is that nothing can be war related.

Children have items which are always included in EVERY box – the items in red are the ones which Mrs Stimpson is desperate for this year

Boxes – Size 3 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

SweetsA bag of sweets, although not chocolate

A ToySmall 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

Any money left over from the petrol money donated, is spent on Christmas crackers and party things for the children

We will keep you updated with the progress in the form of pictures, each step along the way!

Many thanks for any help you can give,