GB members donate Christmas boxes to Romanian children

MEMBERS of Ballymoney Reformed Presbyterian Church Girls’ Brigade can take pride after working to help underprivileged children in Eastern Europe.

The young people put together a batch of shoeboxes for local charity organisation, Blythswood, who will, in turn, ship them to Romania – some going to orphanages and some to homes where money for food is short.

Last Thursday night at the Old Courthouse hall, Sylvia Crowe from Blythswood was present to formally receive the shoeboxes as well as a generous cheque from the Girls’ Brigade to help with transportation costs.

Captain of the Company, Elaine Hegarty, was quick to acknowledge the contribution of the junior members as well as the officers who supervised the process.

The exercise gave the young people a positive challenge and formed part of the Community Service Badge programme.

Some thirty juniors took part and thanks was extended to them by Sylvia who said the boxes would be of great assistance to the needy in Romania.

She said that Blythswood had been helping out in foreign lands for some 40 years and spoke of how this had brought much comfort to many.

The Reformed Church GB have been involved in putting together shoeboxes before and Elaine described it as for a “very worthy cause.”

Natasha Woods and Heather Kennedy were commended for their hard work.