From Jo Winchester
On Wednesday, December 3, with the able driving of Greg Brown and the help of the church bus, Greg and Peggy Brown, Linda Danford, Sara Dunnagan, Trudy and John Krege, Beth Taylor, and I took the last twenty-five shoeboxes packed by CUMC folks to Charlotte for the final leg of their journey to children receiving them internationally. We worked a six-hour shift in a warehouse packed with volunteers from all over the eastern seaboard and boxes stacked as high as they could go from all over the country. Our job was getting the various sized shoe boxes ready for their final shipping. The boxes packed that day were going to South Africa, Lesotho, and the Dominican Republic. By 1pm, 45,000 boxes had been cleared and packed in the boxes they would travel in to their respective countries and from there by truck, canoe or bike to the outpost church that would receive them for their children. This was a great working crew and Linda figured we averaged packing fifteen boxes every five minutes. As always the best part of the trip was seeing with what care and love these shoeboxes were packed. My favorite this year was the one with a tracing of an outline of a hand in the lid of a shoebox and the note written by the child who had packed it ‘Place your hand over mine and we can pray together.’ Another favorite was the note from the child who told the receiver that she had included her address so if she wanted to write to her, the sender would write back and maybe they could be friends. The world needs more of these giving children and adults! Thanks team!