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The team people who use Mere Brow community resource centre recently joined with the local community and Mere Brow Chapel to donate Christmas gift shoeboxes to International Aid Trust.

The project has delivered millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children and young people around the world. Each year, thousands of schools, churches and other organisations from across the UK get involved.

The people who use the service at Mere Brow learned about how a simple shoebox gift packed with love can have a huge impact on someone else.  Those who donate boxes choose the age range and gender of the person they want to receive the box and then fill it with suitable items such as toiletries, toys, clothes, stationary and practical items for day-to-day life.

Cathy Buck, who works with the team at the Mere Brow service, said: “This was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and bond as a group. The local community were terrific in helping out too, and have sent us loads of shoeboxes.  We had a great time checking what had been donated, and sorting out the items to be gifted to children and young people of different age groups.  The people who we work alongside at the service are already looking forward to doing it all again next year!”

Rev. Bernard Cocker, CEO and Founder of the International Aid Trust said:  “We are so thankful to our dear friends at Autism Initiatives Mere Brow for kindly filling shoebox gifts!  Each shoebox brings great joy to the person who receives it, like the children pictured on your certificate who are from the Kherson region of Ukraine. Thank you with every blessing from all at International Aid Trust.”

International Aid Trust deliver shoeboxes to people of all ages from babies to elderly people, throughout the year, not just at Christmas.  If you’d like to arrange a shoebox drop off or collection point for your own group, then please email  Find out more at