A big thank you to everybody at LBHS who has given the gift of a shoebox this year. It promises to be another bumper year for the scheme and the elves are very busy in the warehouse sorting the boxes as I write. A delivery of approximately 12,000 boxes will depart in the next few days for Ukraine followed by a further delivery to Romania and Moldova of 12-14,000 boxes in the New Year.
This time of year is particularly difficult for the warehouse and transport team as we collect the boxes from around the country and nobody wants their boxes to miss the Christmas deliveries. I would like to extend a special thank you to all our helpers who co-ordinate the delivery and collection of boxes in their local areas. Without their local knowledge, our task of delivering and collecting nearly 70,000 boxes each year would be much harder.
As many of you know, after 18 years as Chairman, Peter Clare decided it was time for a change and I am grateful to the trustees for giving me the chance to lead the charity going forward. It is due to Peter’s commitment and dedication that the Shoebox Scheme has grown to its current level and I am pleased that he has agreed to continue as a Trustee and develop the international distribution arm of the charity.
The demand for our boxes continues to rise and we are only limited by the number of filled boxes we receive each year. We could easily double our capacity and still not meet all the requests for boxes that we receive, so please, keep up the good work and spread the message – every box filled is a little drop of happiness for somebody somewhere.
On behalf of the Trustees and Management team, may I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.