For over 10 years the members of Barsham Church have been collecting shoe boxes and filling them with Christmas Gifts. They are known as Love Boxes and they are sent to children in orphanages in Moldova providing them with their one and only Christmas present.
The Love Boxes are all filled with individual items that members have either made or bought for the children whom they don’t know and may never meet, but want to give them a gift at Christmas that they will certainly appreciate. The items range from knitted brightly coloured hats, mittens, teddy bears, crocheted bags, to puppets and small soft toys.
Each Love Box is wrapped with Christmas paper and labelled for the age group of the presents inside and whether it’s for a boy or a girl. The whole operation is organised by the Mustard Seed Relief Mission and each year they will arrange for over 30,000 Love Boxes to be sent to children’s orphanages’ all over Europe.
Beccles and District Lions Club President Chris Ramsden said: “When the club found out about this amazing gesture that was being done locally, yet affecting the lives of children who are not as fortunate as others, the club felt they wanted to help in whatever way they can. After contacting the Love Box Co-ordinator at Barsham Church, Margaret Harris, the club decided to donate £150.00, which will cover the cost of transporting the Love Boxes to their destination in Moldova. Plus some of the members have even made up their own Love Boxes and added to the 65 already made up by the church members there will be a grand total of 79 Love Boxes this year going to the children in the orphanages’ in Moldova.
Margaret Harris said “It is a yearlong operation as we start collecting the empty shoe boxes in January. The Church members start to fill them with various items of their choice. In October we send them to Eastbourne to be sorted and shipped over to the individual destination in Europe in time for Christmas. We have a dedication service in October before they go to bless the Love Boxes and we were pleased that some members of Beccles Lions were able to attend. The Mustard Seed Relief Mission provide us with film, showing the children receiving their Love Box and to see the beautiful smiles on the faces of the children makes it all worthwhile. I’d like to thank Beccles Lions for their generous support and help with this year’s Love Box campaign.
If you wish to know more about the Beccles Lions and the work they do please contact the club secretary Janet Ramsden on 01502 514284 or visit our club’s website at www.beccleslions.org.uk. and follow us on Facebook too. Equally if you are interested in becoming a member of Beccles Lions then please telephone our Membership Chairman Keith Moore on 07717 488719.