The facts about the Christmas shoeboxes
I was pleased to see in last week's Bath Chronicle a list of churches sending shoe boxes to deprived children in Eastern Europe and Africa.
The Humanist Association has distributed news sheets in which it was claimed that a school head was 'horrified and appalled' when he heard how shoe boxes was started.
Please may I give the facts.
DC, a committed Christian visited his sister working in a state orphanage in Eastern Europe where he was 'appalled and horrified' at the poverty of spirit and belongings he found among the children.
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Christmas was approaching and DC asked his sister what could be done to put some sparkle into these children's lives.
The suggestion was that as most of them had never owned anything, a shoe box with a doll for the girls and toys for the boys, no war games, would be something they could keep and cherish.
Back home DC spread the idea among friends and it soon mushroomed to cover the country. It soon became too much for DC to cope with on top of his day job so he handed it on to Samaritans Purse.
ERIC CHAPPLE Nettleton Chippenham