The GOSPEL Mission Church in Chesterfield has introduced a sporting link to its Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal with the Olympics just round the corner.
Those involved in the Brampton church’s shoe box appeal for disadvantaged youngsters around the world have been asked to choose gifts for their shoe boxes that have a sporting theme.
Items such as small footballs, tennis balls, sweat bands, stop watches and skipping ropes have found their way into the shoe boxes some of which have the Olympic logo on the outside.
The idea from international organisers Samaritan’s Purse, is that children in poorer countries might be encouraged to participate in sport and feel part of the Olympic year.
All of this culminated in the church holding a Shoebox Olympics as part of its Shoebox Sunday Service.
Teams involve included 2nd Brampton Scouts, the Sunday School and a mixed church team. Outside events included the shoe box relay, the long jump, high jump and the shot-put with shoe boxes. There was a medals ceremony for all those taking part back in the church where refreshments were served to the athletes and non-athletes alike.
The Gospel Mission was delighted that 125 shoe boxes were collected as well as an additional £115 to pay for the transportation of the shoe boxes to Liberia.
Church Organiser Tina Tonge said: “It has been a wonderful community event. Lots of local businesses have helped as well as the 2nd Brampton Scouts, our neighbours on Old Road and of course members of the church.”