Walsworth Road Baptist Church

Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Project 2017

Each year for more than a decade the generous people of Hitchin have donated hundreds Christmas shoeboxes, now for the charity Link to Hope (although originally in a project with Smile International).  Each year a team from Walsworth Road Baptist Church (WRBC) in Hitchin take a van regularly loaded with approaching 1000 shoeboxes and additional aid (such as knitted blankets) to the warehouse in Sussex for delivery to Eastern Europe, and distribution to needy people.  Two people from the church also flew out to hand out shoeboxes in December 2016, returning with touching stories and renewed inspiration for the project; "We must never stop doing the shoeboxes!" was their first reaction!

During October the project is launched, and in November WRBC is turned into a warehouse as local schools and churches and lots of friends collect shoeboxes from around the town, and then as church members and other friends sort, check, pack into cartons and load the hundreds of shoeboxes for delivery to their interim destination in Sussex, en route for Moldova, Romania or Ukraine.   

The colourful shoeboxes are filled with everyday necessities most people in the UK take for granted, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap and flannels, combs and hairbrushes.  Link to Hope send shoeboxes for a Family, or for the Elderly, and so if possible an extra item or two is included, perhaps a small toy, or perhaps a hand tool (eg a tape measure, or a dynamo torch (we purchased a job lot at £1 each - could you sponsor one?).  But do they really count as luxuries?

Hats and scarves hand knitted by the church family and friends are included to help keep warm in the bitterly cold winter weather. These boxes really are a treat for a household who may not receive any other Christmas present - and who will treasure something as basic as pencils and paper.  Shoeboxes that have been lovingly prepared and filled by someone here are also a wonderful sign for a needy person that 'I am not forgotten' as so many feel overlooked and left behind in today's world.

If you would like to know more, then the Link to Hope web site has a great diary from the 2016 project - click here to view it


2017’s Project is now finished!

The 2017 Shoe Box project - our 14th year! - took place during the 2 weeks from Monday 30th October through to Monday 13th November, the date when the van and trailer are packed and the finished shoeboxes are sent off to
Link to Hope.

Two new schools this year!
Four new churches too!
Other community groups,
including uniformed groups
(from Scouting and Guiding)!

Lots of individuals!

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