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Volunteers at St Peter’s Church in Aldborough Hatch help to bring Christmas cheer

PUBLISHED: 17:42 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:32 15 November 2017

Members of St. Peter’s load the Children in Distress van. (credit: Ron Jeffries)

Members of St. Peter’s load the Children in Distress van. (credit: Ron Jeffries)

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Children in Eastern Europe will be waking up with a smile on their face this Christmas after more than 100 boxes packed with presents were sent on their way.

The Love in a Box Christmas Shoebox Appeal is run by national charity Children in Distress and was founded by The Rev John Walmsley, formerly of St Laurence Church, Barkingside.

Members of St Peter’s Church and fellow residents from Aldborough Hatch helped send off 102 shoeboxes packed with sweets, toys, toiletries, warm gloves, scarves and hats and decorated with Christmas wrapping paper.

In the past the church has sent hundreds of Christmas shoeboxes off to young children in time for the festive season.

The boxes are delivered to hospices, homes for orphaned or abandoned children and places where children are experiencing extreme poverty.

Forty of the boxes came from the church of St James in Halesworth, Suffolk, whilst the remaining 62 were made up by

members of St. Peter’s Church and their friends.

The boxes were collected from the church on Thursday November 9.

Ron Jeffries, of Aldborough Hatch, said: “The scheme gives children and adults who would otherwise have nothing a present at Christmas.”

“Some 6,000 shoeboxes packed with a variety of goods will be taken from the UK to Eastern Europe in time for the festive season.

“Children in Distress was founded in 1990 to address the plight of the children and orphans with HIV AIDS or that of infants and children abandoned in Romania’s rundown hospitals.”

Today the charity has its UK base in Glasgow and still cares for children of all races and religions in Eastern Europe.

For more information about the scheme, visit to childrenindistress.org

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