As in previous years, we are participating in the Samaritan's Purse's 'Operation Christmas Child' initiative.  Thank you to everyone who has kindly returned a filled shoebox, with gifts suitable for needy children around the world.  The Tunbridge Wells Distribution Centre has already had 2,500 volunteer hours and processed 20,000 boxes. They still have another 20,000 to process in the next 2 weeks. So far, from the Tunbridge Wells centre, 3,503 have gone to children in Albania, 1,888 to children in Belarus, and 8,538 to children in Central Asia. Further details can also be found at: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk.  Daphne Harrison