Fenland Befrienders help to spread kindness

The Befriending Club at the Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT) with shoeboxes they have filled for Operation Christmas Child.
The Befriending Club at the Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT) with shoeboxes they have filled for Operation Christmas Child.

Members of a befriending club will help make children in poverty smile this Christmas by taking part in a global shoebox appeal.

The Befrienders Club for the elderly who use the Fenland Area Community Transport (FACT) service in March have filled around 20 shoeboxes to bring festive cheer to some of the poorest youngsters in the world.

Members packed the boxes full of things like toys, cuddly bears, colouring books and pencils, as well as toiletries such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, before wrapping them in colourful Christmas paper.

The boxes will now be taken to the town’s Trinity Church on Friday, ready for the start of their journey across the globe as part of Operation Christmas Child, run by the Christian charity, the Samaritan’s Purse.

Kat Gillen, who runs the befriending club on Mondays, said it is the first time the FACT group has taken part in the shoebox appeal.

“We wanted to do it to help children in need, and to help those who are less fortunate than us at Christmas,” she said.

“Hopefully the shoeboxes will make a big difference to the children, and help bring a smile to their faces.”

She said as well as filling the shoeboxes, the club members also donated £3 each to help cover the cost of sending them overseas.