WEBox Appeal

Shoeboxes of love for the children of Albania this Christmas

WEBA is developing a partnership with a small group of churches from the Baptist Union of Albania.

For the third year running, a group from WEBA churches will collect and help deliver shoeboxes full of Christmas presents. This is something the Albanian Baptist Union has suggested as one way we can help them reach out to the communities they are in contact with. We are putting the tools of compassion into the hands of local churches.

Watch this video about WEBox in 2015:

Albania from Emily Coles on Vimeo.

 

Who can be involved?

The WEBox Appeal has been very popular with WEBA churches and other groups they have contact with, such as schools, playgroups, and other community groups. Churches can get involved by collecting flatpack boxes and making sure they are filled and labelled appropriately.

Just as important are the food parcels the team helps distribute to families each Christmas. A £15 gift will pay for one food parcel – please send cheques payable to WEBA or donate online here using mydonate.

Shoeboxes being sorted

How?

The 2017 WEBox Appeal will kick off in July. This year, to simplify transporting the boxes, we will only accept gifts in the flat pack boxes provided by WEBA. These will come with a pre-printed label and can be decorated with wrapping paper etc.

We hope to have a large number of flatpack boxes available at the WEBA AGM and Summer Gathering on Monday 17th July. This is a free event, although we’d like those attending to register here.

 

A ready-made WEBox

At the moment we are looking for churches who have storage space and can help us with storage of the flat pack boxes when they arrive in early July. If you think your church can help, please get in touch at office@webassoc.org.uk or on 0117 965 8828.

 

How to fold a WEBox from Ruth Whiter on Vimeo.

Woman with small boy and shoebox

What can go in the box?

Use the word WEBOX to help you shop!

W – something to Wash with – soap, flannel, toothbrush, toothpaste

E – something Educational – pens, pencils, notepad, colouring crayons, calculator.

B – a Bar of chocolate or a bag of sweets

O – Something to put On. Hat, scarf, gloves, socks, sunglasses, jewellery.

X – Something eXciting – any other games or toys that a child would like to receive.

Albania 2015_Woman with small boy

What will happen to the boxes?

The shoeboxes will leave England at the beginning of December . A team of volunteers will help our partner churches in Albania to distribute the shoeboxes to families they have contact with. Please contact the WEBA office for more information about joining the team.

You can make a difference to a child’s life…pack a box with love and send a message to the children of Albania.

Albanian apartment building

How can I help provide a food parcel instead?

£15 will provide a food parcel for one family. You can give a donation using the WEBox mydonate page – click here to donate now.

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