Thanks to all who helped with another fantastic shoebox appeal for the needy

SO MUCH KINDNESS ... loading the boxes for Belarus.
SO MUCH KINDNESS ... loading the boxes for Belarus.

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the fantastic response to last year’s appeal for Operation Christmas Child. We thank the generosity of all the people of South Tyneside and surrounding areas who have once again come to the aid of the children of Eastern Europe.

The list of people to thank grows long: The Assembly Addressers. The knitters, sewers and crocheters who work tirelessly all year. The box coverers. The box checkers, The drivers/collectors. Local milkman Kevin Dent. Hanover Dairies. Marks Family Butchers Jarrow. Morrisons, Jarrow. South Shields Town Hall. Ringtons Tea. Sainsburys, King Edward Road, South Shields. Keith Dickinson for the CD of pictures we have used in our talks. Dave, from GHI, for providing the copies. Harton Inner Wheel. Axis Building, Team Valley. Smiths shop Shoe service.

Vance Business Park. Hayes recruitment agency. Jarrow post office and sorting office. Shields Gazette. Jarrow Viking Centre. St Aloysious School Choir and Toner Avenue School for singing at the Thanksgiving service.

GHI computers. Safe and Sure. The congregations of all contributing churches. More schools than ever before.

South Tyneside Council. BT. Eleanors. Adleck. Jarrow Salvation Army. New Look. North East Press. Mills Glass. Boots Jarrow. Faye Mehta Asset Management, South Tyneside Council. South Tyneside Libraries Knit and Knatter Groups, Cleadon Park, East Boldon, Jarrow, South Shields and Whitburn. Shoezone Branches Jarrow, Gateshead and South Shields.

Staff from Northumbria Water. Boundary Mill for the masses of empty boxes it provided. Jarrow with Harton Rotary Club. Unison. Mayor and councillors of South Tyneside MBC. Stephen Hepburn MP. The Entertainer, Blue Quadrant, Metro Centre. Fire Service Tyne and Wear for loading the lorry, especially the Hebburn Watch.  

Last but not least – all the children, students, mams, dads, grans, grandads, aunts, uncles, teachers and tutors who helped us raise a total of 9,309 boxes.

Our boxes went out on Wednesday, December 3. The lorry was travelling to Minsk in Belarus, 1,700 miles from Jarrow. Every box puts a smile on the face of a child.

For our 9,309 smiles, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope that together we can do the same (or better – we still need more) for next Christmas.

If people have any wool they can donate, we would be grateful, at Jarrow Salvation Army, Friday 9.30am-12.15pm, 4.45-6.15pm.

Carol Hall,

South Tyneside & Gateshead District Co-ordinator,

Hedworth Lane,