Abbey will be boxing clever at Christmas
Church plans to send parcels to the world’s needy
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.