Visit to Docksford Place Methodist Church: Operation Christmas Child

Last week, twenty children from year 4 were chosen to go with Mrs Simpson, Mrs Dent and Mr Jones to Docksford Place Methodist Church to deliver our shoeboxes.

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When we arrived, we were amazed by what we saw. There were hundreds of shoeboxes in the church all piled up, waiting to be checked and sorted.

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Here is just a small sample of what we saw when we arrived.

Then we saw something that initially shocked us. All of the volunteers were opening up every shoebox and taking some of the items out. We soon found out that, in order to make things fair for every child, each box is checked so that it is filled up with a equal amount of different kinds of items. As soon as we knew what was going on, we wanted to dive in and help.

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When we had finished making sure that every child was going to get a variety of different items in their shoebox, we found out about how they were going to be transported and where they were going to be going. All of our shoeboxes are being sent to Romania to help give some of the poorer children in that part of the world a happier Christmas.

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Our shoeboxes were placed into larger cardboard boxes, that can fit ten shoeboxes in each, and then loaded into a large lorry.
Look at how many were already ready to be transported!
Look at how many were already ready to be transported!

In every box there is a cloth drawstring bag, to keep their items safe, which have been hand sewn by an 80 year old volunteer called Hilda. This year she has managed to sew over 1,300  bags and she had to start them in January! We thought she was an inspirational person and we wanted to tell you her story.

Mrs Simpson told us this week that in total, with our help, Docksford Place Methodist Church have managed to beat their previous total of shoeboxes and have managed to send over 4,000 out to the children of Romania. As a school, we feel proud to have helped.