MEMBERS of an Evesham charity have thanked kind-hearted residents who helped to send more than 8,500 gift-filled shoeboxes to impoverished communities in Romania.
Teams4U’s ‘Christmas Shoebox Appeal’ recently saw 8,794 shoeboxes packed with items such as toothpaste, stationery, cloths, soap, sweets, small toys and costume jewellery, loaded onto a lorry destined for Oradea, a city in western Romania.
The send-off, at the charity’s warehouse in Davies Road, was attended by the Mayor of Pershore, coun Bob Gillmor and the Deputy Mayor of Evesham, coun Mark Goodge.
Paul Jeanes, Teams4U volunteer and warehouse manager, said: “Our volunteers have knitted, checked, packed, filled and loaded more than 35,000 shoeboxes this year.
“The shoeboxes will make such a difference to children in poor communities in Eastern Europe. They were distributed by volunteers who travelled to Romania on Monday, December 11.”
Residents can follow the shoeboxes’ journey across Europe to Romania and stay updated with the charity’s work on Facebook.
Call Paul on 01386 860934 or e-mail Teams4uevesham@gmail.com for more information.