Operation Christmas Child 2014

Boxing Day:  Operation Christmas Child 2014 volunteers at Stone Baptist Church
Boxing Day: Operation Christmas Child 2014 volunteers at Stone Baptist Church

For the 4th year running, Stone Baptist Church and  St John’s Methodist Church have wrapped and packed over 350 gift filled boxes for children in need this Christmas, writes Gay Griffiths of Stone Baptist Church. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, run by Samaritans Purse.

This year our thanks go to the major contributor, Schneider Electric based in Stone. Also to the Adventures Church Club at St Michael’s First School Stone, St Mary’s Church Swynnerton, Co-Operative Food and WHS Smith, Stone.

A special thank-you also goes to Mary Bowers at Autumn House, Jane Bailey and Rose Barnsley for knitting several hundred winter woollies! It was incredibly special packing the boxes knowing each child would receive some warm clothing of their very own – a blessing for children who might otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.

The boxes were sent this year to Belarus where winter temperatures can reach -8oC so the children will need those warm hats and scarves! The boxes are made up for either a boy or girl with age ranges 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 years and are filled with items like soap, small toys, hair accessories, school supplies, sweets, a cuddly toy and a hat and scarf.

Well done to Stone’s fantastic community efforts in working together to make a difference to a child’s Christmas this year. If any organisations, schools, clubs or individuals would like to get involved next year please contact Gaye Griffiths through stonebaptistchurch@org.uk