WEBox Appeal

Shoeboxes of love for the children of Albania at Christmas

Over the last few years, webnet has been developing a partnership with a small group of churches from the Baptist Union of Albania.

In 2018, for the fourth year running, a small group from webnet churches collected and helped deliver shoeboxes full of Christmas presents there. This is something the Albanian Baptist Union has suggested as one way we can help them reach out to the communities they are in contact with. We are putting the tools of compassion into the hands of local churches!

Thank you  – we had a total of 2,937 which were then distributed to children in Albania. The team even managed to go to several new places this year and saw the contrast between the rich and poor; they really felt God calling them to continue this work in Albania.

A summary slideshow that can be played at your church, school, local group or whoever you got involved in creating the WEBoxes can be downloaded below:

Videos from previous years below:

See how delighted the children were to receive their WEBoxes in 2017:

You can download this video at Vimeo.

Watch this video about WEBox in 2015:

Albania from Emily Coles on Vimeo.

Who can be involved?

The WEBox Appeal has been very popular with webnet churches and other groups they have contact with, such as schools, playgroups, and other community groups. Churches can get involved by collecting flatpack boxes and making sure they are filled and labelled appropriately.

Just as important are the food parcels the team helps distribute to families each Christmas. A £25 gift will pay for one food parcel – please send cheques payable to WEBA or donate online here using mydonate.

Shoeboxes being sorted

How?

To simplify transporting the boxes, we will only accept gifts in the flat pack boxes provided by webnet. These come with a pre-printed label and can be decorated with wrapping paper etc.

If you would like to act as a WEBox co-ordinator for your church in 2019, please contact office@webassoc.org.uk and we’ll put you on the list.

A ready-made WEBox

How to fold a WEBox from Ruth Whiter on Vimeo.

Woman with small boy and shoebox

What can go in the box?

Use the word WEBOX to help you shop!

W – something to Wash with – soap, flannel, toothbrush, toothpaste

E – something Educational – pens, pencils, notepad, colouring crayons, calculator.

B – a Bar of chocolate or a bag of sweets (best before date after Jan 2020)

O – Something to put On. Hat, scarf, gloves, socks, sunglasses, jewellery.

X – Something eXciting – any other games or toys that a child would like to receive.

So that all the children receiving gifts go away equally happy…

PLEASE give only brand new items.

PLEASE make the box look as full as you can.

If filling a whole box with new items seems expensive, try sharing with a friend, or suggest that your church gets together to pool gifts and fill a number of boxes together.

We ask for a contribution of at least £2 to cover the transport costs of each box. If you are collecting with a church, please give this to your WEBox Co-ordinator or treasurer, together with the gift aid form on the WEBox leaflet if you are a UK taxpayer.  If you are collecting with a school or other group, the person who gave out the boxes will let you know how to do this.

Anyone can also donate online, either towards transporting the boxes, or towards food parcels:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

What happens to the boxes then?

The shoeboxes will leave England at the beginning of December. A team of volunteers will help our partner churches in Albania to distribute the shoeboxes to families they have contact with. Please contact the WEBA office for more information about joining the team.

You can make a difference to a child’s life…pack a box with love and send a message to the children of Albania.

Albanian apartment building

How can I help provide a food parcel instead?

£25 will provide a food parcel for one family. You can give a donation using the WEBox Virgin Money Giving

View of city

You can download a summary of all this information in this year’s leaflet:

WEBox 2019 Leaflet

If you have any questions at all regarding WEBoxes, please do contact Maki on 07576 552305 or email him at maki@cairnsroad.org or the webnet office on office@webassoc.org.uk or 0117 965 8828.

Earthquake in Albania – November 2019

Click here for a recent article from the Baptist Times on the current situation in Albania, following the earthquake on November 26th.

To donate money towards sleeping bags, tents and food parcels please use the Virgin  MoneyGiving link above (there is a 4.5% fee). Alternatively you can give directly via the WEBA bank account using the reference ‘Albania Earthquake’ to Sort Code: 40-52-40 Account: 00006162.

Please be praying. Thank you.