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This site provides information about 20 years of volunteering at various warehouses in Chelmsford, processing gift filled shoeboxes on behalf of "Operation Christmas Child".

People who volunteered were individuals, corporate teams and other groups - all wanting to help make a difference to the lives of thousands of needy children in Eastern Europe and beyond.

Between 1997 and 2016, the teams exported over  850,000 gift filled shoeboxes

From 1997 to 2005 the Chelmsford Team processed and exported boxes delivered to us from across East Anglia. From 2006, new exporting teams were established throughout the region (hence the dip in figures)

LOTS OF JOY

 Year   Exported  Warehouse Photos
1997 25,450 Bilton Road
1998 49,109 Atholl Road
1999 50,284 Old Cramphorns
2000 52,173 Parcel Force
2001 67,046 Old B&Q
2002 87,469 Unit 4 Lonebarn
2003 80,332 Unit 1 Lonebarn
2004 87,091 Unit 4 Lonebarn
2005 67,051 Unit 4 Lonebarn
2006 34,281 Robjohns Road
2007 29,081 Units 12 & 13 Tattersall Way
2008 24,304 Unit 11 Tattersall Way
2009 22,918 Unit 11 Tattersall Way
2010 21,352 Unit 11 Tattersall Way
2011 18,391 Unit 11 Tattersall Way
2012 17,028 Unit 5 Lonebarn
2013 17,779 Unit 5 Lonebarn
2014 29,185 Unit 5 Lonebarn
2015 49,679 Old CHP Office Block
2016 21,319 Unit 4 Lonebarn
2018 TBA teams4u

 

Empty warehouses became increasingly hard to locate and costly to rent so the charity "Operation Christmas Child" switched to using it's own centralised warehouse.

In 2018, the Chelmsford Core Team made a decision to switch to supporting teams4u - a charity run by Dave Cooke who had the origional shoebox idea.

TEAMS4U

Run by Dave Cooke who manages Shoebox Distrubutions and other humanitarian projects.

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The Chelmsford Core team are now collecting shoeboxes for teams4u

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