From Chelmsford to Romania with love

Posted: 03 December 2012

About 20,000 shoeboxes packed with Christmas gifts from children in the Chelmsford and Southend areas will be trucked out from this warehouse to children in Kyrgyzstan and Romania.

More than 50 people check the contents of the boxes, tie then, pack them into large cartons and stack them on pallets ready for loading onto lorries.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell said:  “I really enjoyed popping into the warehouse and saying hello to the fifty or more cheerful volunteers who were sorting literally thousands of boxes. Children and other people from all church denominations have obviously put masses of thought into choosing suitable presents to put into these shoeboxes. Every box was beautifully wrapped. Year after year, Operation Christmas Child delivers in partnership with all these volunteers – a tangible gift celebrating God’s love made real in Jesus.”

The Operation Christmas Child website is at

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