It’s 20 years since Dave Cooke, a father of four from Wrexham, North Wales, saw the horror of abandoned children in Romanian orphanages on TV news and asked friends to help fill a truck with toys and drive it to Romania.
Overwhelming response from local people raised £60,000. Operation Christmas Child established as a charity.
On 12th December 1990, a convoy of vehicles, including trucks donated by local companies, left for Romania with 17 local volunteers. Among the aid on the convoy were the first gift-filled shoeboxes. On their return the volunteers vowed to continue the work.
Just before half-term a letter went home asking for gift-filled shoeboxes to be brought into school for us to pass onto Operation Christmas Child. Please make sure your shoeboxes are sent into school by Friday 12th November at the absolute latest as a group of pupils will be taking them to the local drop-off point shortly after that date.
For information on what you can put in a shoebox, please click on the Operation Christmas Child logo above. Thank you for your support.