I had this email today and just wanted to share it with you.
Thank you so much for taking part and being involved in our Shoebox Appeal last year! We were staggered to be able to send 51,315 Shoebox gifts to children overseas. Nationally, shoeboxes travelled to displaced people groups in Breza, Bosnia; orphanages in Minsk, Belarus and marginalised communities in Bralia, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea and Tulcea, Romania.
Your generous gifts went to villages and schools around the city of Oradea in the Bihor county of Romania.
Personally I travelled with these boxes and had the privilege of seeing the children receive them. I can’t put into words how humbling these moments are. I will never forget unexpectedly seeing my own daughter’s box (from Wrexham) being handed out to 8yr old Alexia and watching her open the lid, saying “wow” on every breath as she tenderly examined each soft toy and a hand-knitted hat. It particularly broke me to see her clutch a MacDonald’s Happy Meal toy close to her – something that’s often discarded in my house – as if it was treasure.
To view and download photos from this distribution please click here but you can also see a short video clip of the distribution in Bralia & Tulcea, Romania here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOvrxyoEgoc&t=29s
We hope you’ve enjoyed taking part in the appeal and that it has helped your pupils connect with the situations of children overseas and the value of charitable enterprise!
Thank you for supporting this amazing project and we hope you will continue to support us this year.
Amazing effort everyone. You are making a difference. Team Maesglas.
Mr Cass, Headteacher