An Eastbourne couple has sent out more than 1,000 ‘Gift of Love’ shoeboxes to the poorest families in Croatia and Slovenia this Christmas.
Mick and Lyn Trott, together with their loyal volunteers, started up Living Life Eastbourne with the aim of making hundreds of gift parcels, each filled with festive goodies, to give to deprived communities in other countries.
Lyn, trustee and chair of Living Life, said, “Mick went out with Marjorie and Stacey Loftus, who are members of the local Salvation Army and volunteers for our charity. They arrived at the Slatina Red Cross building, where the boxes were delivered by some other volunteers Dave, Jan and Paul, who drove more than 1,200 miles to get them to the children on time for Christmas.
“My family and our volunteers raised over £1,200 to give to the Red Cross to buy family food parcels. We managed to purchase more than 100 parcels for starving families.”
While in Croatia, Mick was presented with a book written by the Red Cross for their Jubilee of 100 years in Slatina.
The book states that Living Life is a recognised partner of the Slatina Red Cross and has been since 1998. It also goes on to mention that during the greatest need of the Croatian people since 1992 to date, there have been 17 major charities that gave to the Red Cross in Slatina – the first being the Americans USAID, the second being the Germans and the third being Living Life Eastbourne.
Lyn said, “The president of the Red Cross thanked Eastbourne for their major efforts. Mick was also one of only ten people given a special plaque award on behalf of the Red Cross to celebrate their jubilee.”
Mick added, “We have developed a new way forward to introduce the “Gift of Love” shoebox appeal for 2015 and we believe this will make it far easier for all to participate. We hope to bring you this news in March next year ready for our shoebox appeal this next coming Christmas.
“We thank you all those that have supported our true and genuine cause and wish you all a peaceful Christmas and prosperous new year.”