Well we had another busy year starting with a generous donation of 180 boxes full of goodies from the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School at Wakefield. These were checked and sent out to the troops over the next couple of months.
We had collecting tins at some of the classic car shows we attended throughout the year and the money raised from these tins allowed us to shop for box items and keep the parcels going.
We had the AGM at DMS Whittington where we had a great deal of fun and were very well looked after and are going there again this year.
We had stalls at various places including Cumbria Steam Fair, supermarkets and squires bikers cafe at Sherburn, the bikers have helped to raise a lot of money for us this year and we already have invites to some of their 2014 events.
We were invited to pack boxes at the conservative party offices at Northallerton and we were invited to the Avon South Yorkshire fundraising night which we received a donation from.
Myself and Caitelynn went to help out on the SOS stall at the Badlanders biker’s event in Bents Park at Newcastle along with Ryan ac for Cumbria and his friend Mitch and Glen and Elaine ac’s for Morpeth. We had a fantastic day despite the bad weather and raised quite a bit of money on the day along with a generous donation from the bikers later in the month. September arrived and saw the launch of the 2013 Christmas parcel appeal. This involved sending out e-mails and ringing various people and asking for donations to put in the Christmas boxes. Santa hats were ordered and presents bought and wrapped then as donations started to come in boxes were packed and bagged then more shopping and we kept on doing this till our allocation of 450 was reached.
The post office came and collected the boxes and the letters have started to come back from all the services thanking us for the boxes and thanking the public for their very kind donations.
We had Christmas and New Year to relax and recharge our batteries and will start sending out parcels again by the end of January.
I am busy sending out letters to supermarkets asking for permission to do in store collections and have asked a few local schools if they would like to have collections of box fillers for us.
This is my sixth year as an SOS co-ordinator and I love it, from meeting new people to raising both funds and awareness. I have a small team of helpers who come and pack boxes or wrap presents or just help me at events and I really couldn’t do my work as an AC without them. Lynn Robinson a/c for Leeds and r/c for Yorkshire.
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