Love in a Box

Once again we are thinking about Christmas in October, as we, at St. Mary’s Monxton, are taking part in a national shoe-box scheme that sends useful gifts to under-privileged children in Eastern Europe.

Amport School have been participating in this for some years now and we thought that as a church we would like to join in the fun once more.  We hope you will too, unless, of course, you have already done so with the school.

If you decide to take part, you could either make up a complete box or let us have individual items so that we can make up communal boxes. A list of suggested items is below  Each box costs £3 to send. We will underwrite this cost but any donations would be gratefully received.

We intend to gather all the boxes for our Family Service on Sunday 25th October at 9.15am – to which you are most welcome.

If you are able to help please call either Charmian on 710221, David on 710641 or Valerie on 772030.

Many thanks,
St. Mary’s, Monxton

You can find more details of the Charity we are working with – Mustard Seed Relief Missions – at

If you are assembling a WHOLE BOX we can supply you with an empty box. Please do not seal boxes as the contents need to be checked by the authorities. If possible boxes should be wrapped in Christmas paper. Lids should be wrapped separately. Please put a label on the box stating that the contents are suitable for a boy or a girl and the age range (see information below).

If you are donating individual items then we will male up shoeboxes with any individual items received. Please DO NOT include any NO WAR RELATED TOYS.

BOYS (3-5 years old)
Toy cars, ball, jigsaw (not small pieces), picture book, chocolate or soft sweets, thick wax crayons/pencils, drawing paper, soft toy, soap, flannel, hat & gloves, toothbrush & toothpaste, hairbrush, comb.

GIRLS (3-5 years)
Doll, plus anything mentioned above.

GIRLS or BOYS (6-11 years)
Doll/soft toy, skipping rope, jewellery, ball, playing cards. sweets, book, felt tip pens, pencils, pencil case, paper, hat & scarf, gloves, flannel, toothbrush & toothpaste, soap, toy car, yo-yo.

BOYS (12-15 years)
Marbles, travel games (draughts, ludo etc), juggling balls, baseball cap, playing cards, geometry set, note book, gloves an/or scarf, pens, pencils, sweets, soap, flannel, toothbrush & toothpaste, deodorant.

GIRLS (12-15 years)
hair accessories, jewellery, new make-up, perfume stick, talc, and everything else as on boys list.

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