Time to look forward

Trip Start Dec 05, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

So it's nearly that time of year again. Here at Trussell HQ we are looking forward to another Bulgaria Christmas box campaign (see a short video of last years trip here) with a mixture of anticipation and apprehension. We never know how many boxes will be donated and every year we always wonder if we will get enough to make sure that the children and families that we visit will each get a present. The beauty of it is we always seem to have enough (except maybe boxes for men/teen boys) and we always have had something to give to all the orphanages, refuges and communities that have been looking forward to our visits. For that we have you, our fantastic supporters to thank. Without you this project just wouldn't be possible.

We'd love to thank each of you individually but as that would prove rather tricky we hope that through this blog you'll be able to get a sense of what it means for those that receive your boxes and hopefully you'll catch a flavour of what it's like to spend a couple of weeks being Father Christmas... There'll be thrills and spills (and that's just Rich's driving), ups and downs, highs and lows, delight and despair- OK you get the picture; this trip will bring a lot of joy to a lot of people but it will also open a door on some serious issues surrounding poverty and the exploitation of young people in a country that is a member the EU but that in parts may as well be on another planet.

We have about 400 Christmas boxes "on the floor" ready to be sorted and packed and we have a long way to go if we are to get near the amazing record of 5,296 that were donated to us last year. We'll check back in a few days time and let you know how things are going.
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