On Monday 3rd December at 5am, we started working at Big Yellow Self Storage unit in Sutton. We had to empty our 4 storage units of donations, build them on to the pallets, and shrink wrap them ready for the lorry arriving that afternoon. With help throughout the day from so many wonderful volunteers ranging from family, dog adopters and locals, we finally made it. Twelve pallets, over 2 metres high each, with up to 2 tons in weight each, we made it. All your kind and lovingly donated gifts were finally on the lorry as it left in the evening.
The first stop was Baia Mare in the far north of Romania. Our partner NGO charity there has 165 dogs in their care, and we were delighted to send 4 full pallets of food, medicines, dog beds, and Christmas gifts. An emotional reaction when the school teacher at St Paul’s Catholic School in Milton Keynes heard that her class’s lovingly wrapped and donated shoeboxes for the dogs had arrived today.
The lorry is heading south through Romania to Jilava country, where in two days it will arrive. Our UK team are preparing to fly to Romania, to meet up with our team over there, so that we can bring Christmas joy from the UK to hundreds of children – from orphans to sick children, from the rural villages to inner city schools. All the children have one thing in common: Your shoebox Christmas gift will be the only present that they receive this Christmas.
We carry your love with us to Romania, and we will post photos for you all to share.