WEBox Christmas Appeal 2020 - how did it work in the pandemic?

Each year, Worle Baptist Church takes part in the WEBox Appeal by collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts from local churches, schools, organisations, companies and groups before they are transported to Albania to be distributed amongst the children. In 2019 around 350 boxes were received at Worle Baptist before starting their journey. Just over 3,000 boxes were transported and distributed in Albania from churches within the South West in 2019. 

The events of 2020 in Albania, with the earthquake at the end of 2019, and Covid-19, meant that in 2020 there was even more of a need for the WEBoxes. 

In reality though, there were limitations and restrictions, due to Covid-19, that made running the project in the usual way unfeasible.

This gave an opportunity to explore a different way of running the project, and Webnet invited us to be part of this new opportunity!

For 2020, instead of buying the items in the UK, packing and transporting them across Europe, the team bought the gifts in Albania and gave them to the children in gift bags.  This not only minimised Covid-19 contact points, but was also more environmentally friendly and invested in the Albanian economy!