Abbey will be box­ing clever at Christ­mas

Church plans to send parcels to the world’s needy

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ken­neth Speirs

14.09.2018 The con­gre­ga­tion of Pais­ley Abbey will think of oth­ers this year with an ap­peal that sends gifts all over the world.

The church has launched its Christ­mas Shoe­box Ap­peal on be­half of the Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse char­ity’s Oper­a­tion Christ­mas Child.

The mis­sion of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse is to fol­low the ex­am­ple of Je­sus by help­ing those in need.

Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse is an in­ter­na­tional re­lief and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion that works through lo­cal churches in Africa, East­ern Europe and Cen­tral Asia.

The Bri­tish branch of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse is part of the global Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse or­gan­i­sa­tion that has been pro­vid­ing spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal aid to peo­ple around the world since 1970.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion says it re­sponds in a dis­tinctly Chris­tian way to is­sues fac­ing peo­ple in the places where it works.

These is­sues in­clude wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion and sus­tain­able liveli­hoods, along with dis­as­ters and emer­gen­cies.

Pais­ley Abbey min­is­ter Rev Alan Birss said the con­gre­ga­tion has been fill­ing shoe­boxes ev­ery year for up to two decades.

“We’ve been do­ing it so long that we’ve got a rou­tine!” he said. “We usu­ally fill 80 to 100 boxes. “We feel it’s a way of show­ing the love of God.”

The abbey con­gre­ga­tion is be­ing asked to take shoe­boxes filled with items such as toys, school equip­ment, toi­letries, hats, caps, gloves and scarves to the church by Sun­day, Novem­ber 4.

There are leaflets avail­able in the abbey with gift sug­ges­tions – and a list of items not to in­clude – along with boy/ girl/ age stick­ers.

The abbey says it would also be grate­ful for cash do­na­tions as there are al­ways boxes for which it needs to find the £5 that should ac­com­pany each box.

And if peo­ple are not able to fill a box, they are asked to ei­ther do­nate some items or make a do­na­tion and abbey vol­un­teers will fill a box on peo­ple’s be­half.

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