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

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Oblast Sofiya-Grad,
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bright and early this morning we headed to a warehouse full of Christmas Boxes, literally full. So full we could barely get in the door. Our 'staff meeting' probably wouldn't have passed UK health and safety tests (with boxes towering over us in a mildly worrying manner). But, all in all, having this many boxes is a good problem to have.

We then spent all day sorting shipments boxes for various partner organisations right across Bulgaria. We met Jenny Lambert, from Reach Out Bulgaria, who was delighted to pick up a van load of boxes to give to children in orphanages in the east of the country. She told us the shoeboxes she'll give them will be the only toys they have - something that seems so hard for us to imagine.

It was a long, cold, hard slog but we got a lot of work done and we're very excited about tomorrow... Check out our latest brief video blog here. And don't forget to check back tomorrow for photos and video from our first Christmas Box distributions. We can't wait!

There are a few names that will be popping up throughout the next two weeks so here's the list of suspects:

Laura Ferguson: Gap year placement, TT (Trussell Trust)
Miryana (Mimi) Georgieva: Communications & PR, FSCI (Foundation for Social Change & Inclusion)
Teodora (Tedi) Koleva: Director, FSCI
Vera Kostadinova: Administrator, FSCI
Rich Parsons: Bulgaria Ops Manager, TT
Valya Stankovska: volunteer/translator
Ivaylo (Ivo) Zahariev: volunteer
Nikolai (Niki) Zlatev: Social Work Manager, FSCI

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Shaun Hill on

Guys you are all such an amazing bunch! Wish I could be out there with you giving them to the kids, but instead im here in Watford praying for you all :) look forward to seeing you all at Christmas time and hearing all about your trip! Big love to all, Shaun xxx ps give mimi a big hug from me!

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