MORE than once we have mentioned in these pages the church
members who generously fill shoe boxes each Christmas, as gifts for
needy children in more than 100 countries overseas. The Christian
charity Samaritan's Purse says that it has now reached a historic
milestone, and delivered its 100-millionth gift-filled box since
the scheme started in 1990.
To mark this achievement, they followed the journey of one
particular shoebox, wrapped and packed by children at Christ Church
Primary School, in Spitalfields, London.
It was prepared last September, when Franklin Graham, the
president of Samaritan's Purse, visited the school, and talked to
the pupils about the impact that the gifts had on children around
the world. The children then presented him with a gift-filled
shoebox, wrapped in Union-flag wrapping-paper.
Mr Graham promised to deliver it personally, and took it with
him when he went to Ecuador, where he gave it to an eight-year old
boy in an impoverished part of Quito (left). When the
children in London heard how excited he had been to receive it,
they were excited, too.
Their head teacher, Sarah Mears, said: "It was an excellent
opportunity for them to understand that there are children who have
a lot less than them, and that they can help make a difference in
other people's lives."