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  • More than 1,300 Christmas shoeboxes made and sent to poor children in Liberia

    Danielle Thompson

    KINDHEARTED Formby residents have helped to create more than 1,300 special festive Christmas giftboxes which have been sent to Liberia.

    The Shoebox Express is a not-for-profit project which makes it easy, fun and inexpensive for members of the local community to participate in the many charity Christmas shoebox schemes that local schools, churches and organisations support.

    The scheme was set up ten years ago, operating mostly from Formby and Crosby, and now helps to produce more than 1,200 shoeboxes annually. This year, a total of 1,306 were made.

    An 11 year old from Formby was thrilled to find out that a greeting card he drew last year inspired the Christmas project’s 2017 poster.

    Tim Waters, who now attends Formby High School, was a pupil at Trinity St Peter’s school when they created Christmas cards for the Shoebox Express last October.

    The charity's logo is a train and when the organisers of the project were considering new posters, they remembered Tim’s greetings card and used that.

    Thomas Kenningley, the chairman of Shoebox Express said: “This year we had an exceptional poster design from local student, Tim Waters, which helped get the message out and great support from a team of volunteers that has been working since December!

    “Participants are encouraged to add a personal message to their box, to reinforce the person-to-person link between sender and recipient. These message cards carry designs drawn by local children and young-people for the Shoebox Express 2017 Christmas Card Competition.

    “The prizes are a gift from the trustees, and it was such a difficult task to judge that we ended up adding an additional prize this year. This year, the Christmas Shoeboxes will be travelling to boys and girls in Liberia.”

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