The congregation at a packed Ferryhill Methodist Church took their seats among hundreds of shoeboxes on Sunday 19th November after the local community answered the annual Shoebox Appeal in huge numbers.
The boxes were piled deep and high on the alter and windowsills of the church and space was at a premium.
Deacon Suzanne Peat ministered the Service of Dedication, celebrating and blessing the donations before they were carried to a waiting van by volunteers from Enter CIC ahead of their onward journey to bring smiles to the faces of underprivileged children in poorer countries around the world.
A total of 990 boxes were collected in the church and volunteer organisers Ken and Nancy Wilson are hoping to break through the 1,000 barrier with next year’s appeal.
“We are thrilled and would like to thank all the volunteers who help us with the organisation and everyone who has donated to this year’s appeal,” said Nancy. The donations will be passed to the Samaritan’s Purse charity, an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to help communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.