FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN ALBANIA, MONTENEGRO AND ROMANIA. All schools, groups and individuals that wish to support our mission to spread a little happiness to disadvantaged children and adults in Eastern Europe at Christmas. CTIA, Churches Together in Alresford, is again this year a major supporter of Alresford Rotary’s contribution to Rotary’s shoebox scheme for disadvantaged children in Albania, Montenegro, Moldova and Romania. Last year Rotary Wessex collected 26,437 boxes which in late November and December were distributed as follows: 6,123 (plus one carton of Teddy Bears) to Albania, 6,189 (plus three cartons of woollens) to Romania, 6,079 (plus five cartons of knitted clothing items) to Moldova, 6,359 (plus two cartons of woollens) to Montenegro and 1,687 to the Philippines. Approximately 325 of those boxes originated from Alresford schools and organisations including CTIA. “At the other end” the boxes are distributed by Rotary clubs. By way of “feedback” have a look please CLICK HERE where there are some wonderful photos of shoeboxes being received in Moldova. Looking at the joy on the children’s faces can you justify not “joining in” this year?
International Customs require items must be for educational, health and hygiene purposes and the boxes themselves must have separate lids and not exceed 33 x 20 x 15 cm (13 x 8 x 6”). The scheme leaflet which is available from James Pinniger (firstname.lastname@example.org 01962 738788) or Steve Walker (email@example.com 01420 564408) contains a detailed list of what cannot be included in the boxes (e.g. sheets, food, liquids, sharp items). Contact James or Steve if you as an individual or as part of a community group wish to help provide a present for one or more children. It may be the first present they have ever received! Join the the CTIA Shoebox packing party at St. Gregory’s Pastoral centre, Alresford, on Sunday 3rd November at 2.00 p.m. Come armed with suitable small presents, wrapping paper, sticky tape, empty boxes and enthusiasm for a great afternoon of fellowship – all, all ages welcome. Donations are also invited as Rotary Wessex asks that a donation of £1 per box is made for transportation and administration costs (with any surplus being used for the benefit of disadvantaged children worldwide).