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Joy in a Box

Our normal packing sessions remain suspended but limited activities are starting again!

Most collection, sorting and packing activities have been suspended. Donations of aid can be received on
Fridays 31st July, then 7-14-21-28th August from 13.30 t0 15.00 ONLY
at Horley Baptist Church CAR PARK.

All donations will be loaded to our van and transported to our warehouse in Billingshurst for sorting and packing. The warehouse will be open to receive deliveries on each Saturday morning during August. Access at other times is limited to authorised personnel only.
Our collection boxes at our Billingshurst warehouse and at St Francis Church, Horley, will be accessible 24-7 as usual.
See our How to Donate page for the location of these boxes.
Parcel delivery arrangements remain suspended.

International travel restrictions and lockdown constraints are limiting the practicalities of sending goods at present. A lorry from Billingshurst has recently arrived in Dorohoi but lorry departures from south Wales are postponed pending clarification of transport arrangements.

Thank you for your support.
The following information will apply once normal activities can be resumed in full


Joy in a Box

This is where you will be able to find details of our annual Christmas shoebox gift scheme.
For many families in the Dorohoi area of north-eastern Romania, unemployment and poverty are their daily experience all year round. This sense of deprivation is made worse at Christmas time by the extreme winter temperatures and the widespread pessimism about any improvement. In the autumn of each year, we run our Joy in a Box Appeal, with the aim of bringing to these people some measure of hope and the encouragement of knowing that they have not been forgotten. It is still the case that, for many people these gifts might be the only ones that they receive at Christmas and therefore each box means so much to those who have so little.

Many of the gift boxes that we distribute have been prepared by supporters in the UK whilst others are made up in Dorohoi using funds that supporters designate for that purpose. For example, bulk donations of chocolates or sweets have allowed us to distribute those more widely, whilst specified donations enabled us to give sacks of groceries to several dozen families in particular need. By making up these sacks in Dorohoi we were also able to support the local economy.

In previous years, many schools chose to use this appeal as the basis of pupils’ projects during the autumn term. Preparing the boxes includes elements of geography and history, and raises curiosity about other peoples and the way they live. It also encourages generosity towards those who are worse off that we are. This year we will close the appeal at the end of October, to allow schools time to collect and dispatch the gift boxes after the Autumn half-term break.

Of course, ‘Joy in a Box’ is not limited to schools – many other groups and individuals prepare gift boxes each year. Churches, work colleagues, social clubs, youth clubs and pensioners can all join in. Boxes can be prepared for any age group, male or female, and will be distributed accordingly. Boxes are distributed in Romania by Asociatia Neemia, a registered charity that distributes aid on a year-round basis and is fully acquainted with local needs. Photographs and reports of previous years’ distributions can be found at the AN webpage.

Christmas Gift Boxes – 2020 delivery deadlines to be confirmed

Due to the current confusion surrounding COVID-19, this year’s gift box collection must remain subject to review later in the year. Our thanks to all who have supported this scheme in the past and we trust that together we will be able to bring some joy and pleasure next Christmas too.


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Supplementary pages awaiting transfer to this site:

Note: Each individual gift box must have a contents declaration label attached. This serves as a customs declaration in case of inspection and also allows our team to pass the box on to the most appropriate recipient. The link above leads to a printable label, three copies per A4 page.

Published, 08 Jul 2015: Page updated, 14 Apr 2020