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newsletterFall 2016 Newsletter

Shoebox Project

How Important is the Shoebox Project? Several years ago, Mary Lou Vitelli’s daughter Mary Louise, visiting from Afghanistan, attended a GBRTA meeting with her mother. She told us that, enroute to the airport, her Afghan driver said that as a boy he had received a wonderful box from the United States. It was the first time that he and his siblings ever had their own pencils! What we take for granted meant so much to him. Twenty years later, he still had the box.

So again this year the GBRTA will be part of the “Christmas Child” project, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, to provide gifts for needy children around the world, including in the United States. Won’t you participate in the “Shoebox Project”? Just fill an ordinary shoebox with small toys and personal objects for a child ages 2- 4, 5-9, or 10-14. Label the box with the sex and age of the child. Boxes may be decorated but not sealed. Some gift suggestions are school supplies such as pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, crayons, solar calculators, coloring books; toys like small cars, balls, stuffed animals, jump ropes, yo-yos; hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, bar soap (in a plastic bag); and sundry items like socks, hair clips, flashlights (with extra batteries), chewing gum.

Do NOT include war-related items, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, any breakable, glass or aerosol items. 

At the November GBRTA meeting, Social Services chair Ronnie Hendrick will be collecting your shoeboxes. Monetary contributions to defray shipping costs ($7 per box) will also be solicited at the November meeting. If you have questions, contact Ronnie at 203-795-6606.