A letter from Margaret
SHOE BOXES IN COVID 19
At the end of the long Lockdown Teams4U told us they were
able to continue sending shoe boxes to Eastern Europe this year. Due to the Covid restrictions leaflets could
not be displayed in church so the Sunday congregation were informed and I
contacted various friends who usually prepare boxes or fillers. Many had already collected lots of items or
had knitted more scarves, hats or teddies during lockdown.
Compass Point where the boxes usually are collected from
could not open and be used safely and the boxes had to be ‘quarantined’ each
time they were transferred. As friends
usually bring their boxes to my home first, the Teams4U co-ordinator for this
area agreed with the Covid restrictions to collect the boxes there.
Boxes filled with gifts for children and family homes,
knitted items and donations brought to St Mary’s were blessed by Jess. After ‘quarantining’ the 23 boxes I took them
home and later on a wet day 111 boxes and 10 bags of hats, scarves and other
items were collected by the Teams4U representative and taken to the collection
point in Heywood. As soon as the
lockdown in Wales ended the van transferred them to their processing centre
This was an ecumenical effort, as well as St Mary’s the boxes
and gifts came from friends at Heaton Moor United church and St Paul’s Heaton
Moor, Aspinall Methodist, St Nicolas Burnage and St Werburgh’s Chorlton.
Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s
128 boxes were also collected from Davenport Methodist and
St George’s. I have since sent 21 more
boxes so the total from Stockport was 260 boxes which is excellent in these
difficult times. The boxes are now on
their journey to Romania, Bosnia and Belarus and I have since heard well over 1800
are now at Wrexham from Greater Manchester and there are still more to go there!