This week, on the 11th day in the 11th month at the 11th hour, the world paused to remember those who went before us; who fought in two World Wars and numerous World conflicts since - those who made the ultimate sacrifice. As the siren sounded from Wrexham town centre’s fire station at 11am, silence descended across the town, across the region, across the country.
From the oldest to the youngest we remembered. As we did so, the tragedy of the Philippines hangs heavy in our hearts as we watch helplessly through every media channel available to us, as people grapple to fight for their lives in desperate circumstances. The shock and trauma of the recent events imprinted across their faces.
As well as the power nations and the better known relief agencies, donations will be sought from every source possible. Through no fault of its own, a nation is in crisis.
It’s made me really think about those early days when we first went out to Romania. We met crisis and emergency on every corner. We saw so much sadness. I used to carry chewing gum in my pockets for no other reason than to have something to give people – children. The truth is you can’t help everyone, but God gave us a very precious corner of his universe to do something pretty unique.
Preparations are under way for the Care Shoebox Appeal to make its way out to Romania. I can’t wait. The countdown is on. We need your help in whatever way you can; whether it’s volunteering in our checking centre, or getting your school/workplace/church involved in shoebox collections or just making a box. A little from a lot of people goes a long way. The ripple effect has been a huge part of the shoebox appeal’s success and this time will be no different.
We look forward to you taking this journey with us and for a short while at least – we hope to bring the love and joy of the shoebox to a small part of a nation, who for the most part have been forgotten and should still be remembered. In the sentiment of the day: we must never forget.
To volunteer or book groups to help/visit the checking centre please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ziz York on 07858 394061
Drop off Dates – 4 to 15 November
There are a number of Drop-off Points (in addition to our checking centre):