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Gift a book with Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross Bookshops

Following on from my Operation Christmas Child post I spotted another local christmas charity initiative I wanted to highlight.

The Gift a Book girls, Helen, Sheryl and Kira.

Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross Bookshops are this year are running Gift a Book, a way of giving underprivileged children in Herts and Bucks a new book to enjoy at Christmas.

Gift a Book works in partnership with local organisations The Dorcas Project, The Castle Fields Children's Centre and the Three Rivers Child's Centre. These groups offer support to underprivileged children aged three and eighteen. Gift a Book will support  Storybook Dads a non profit charity that allows fathers in prison to record bedtime stories for their children. 

How does Gift a Book work?

The next time you visit either bookshop choose a book for the age and gender of your choice, pay for it at the til. That's it! The book will then be wrapped and delivered to it's new home in time for Christmas Day.

Lord Fluffington the official schools coordinator and book wrapper in chief!
Storybook Dads and Storybook Mums enable prisoners to maintain the bond between parent and child by allowing children to make bedtime story CD's or DVD's. Your donations will go to HM Prison The Mount in Bovingdon.

The Dorcas Project was set up by Jo Preston who is a Health Visitor in the High Wycombe area. Set up in 2010 it was created to support the needs of children and their families who live in poverty in the High Wycombe District.

The Castle Fields Children's Centre in Wycombe helps 356,000 children, young people and their families and are the largest provider of Sure Start Children's Centres.

Three Rivers West Children's Centre works with organisations and professionals to coordinate services and give children ages 0-5 years the best start in life.

The closing date for Gift a Book is 15th December. For more information contact Kira at or call 01923 283566.

This is not a sponsored post and So this is me, Mrs T has voluntarily chosen to highlight this charity initiative. With thanks to Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross Bookshops for the information and images.


A new look for me!

A return to blogging required a fresh new look and with my huge thanks to Serena at Pretty Wild Things who helped me neaten, refresh and rejunvenate the appearance of my blog.
My new header does exactly what it says on the tin and I love the 'sparkles' surrounding the header,, in fact the design started with a lot fewer sparkles, I asked Serena to add more!

I didn't really give Serena much to go on, my brief was in fact brief! I knew I wanted a pink and grey colour scheme and an easy to navigate blog with clear links to my social media outlets. Currently I am active on FacebookInstagramTwitter. There are so many other social media sites but I find these three are great for interacting with my readers, other bloggers and companies.

My favourite section has to be right at the bottom of the blog where you can find my Instagram feed. As the saying goes 'a picture is worth a thousand words' and I find that so true of Instagram. I find it a great visual account for bloggers and my guilty pleasure is scrolling through the accounts I follow. A bit late to the party I have discovered Insta Stories which I absolutely love!

I'm over the moon with my new look. I think it looks clean and fresh and not cluttered with too much in the sidebars. I'd recommend Serena at Pretty Wild Things to any blogger who is a bit of a technophobe like me, or who needs a bit of help setting up or refreshing their blog.

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Operation Christmas Child in Chalfont St Peter

As Christmas rolls closer and closer I've noticed more and more local communities and businesses who are collecting for or donating to a variety of charities.

Gold Hill Church in Chalfont St Peter are this year supporting a shoebox project called 'Operation Christmas Child organised by Samaritans Purse, an international relief and development organisation that works through churches providing physical and spiritual aid to those in need in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Gold Hill are collecting shoeboxes packed with items for a boy or girl suitable in one of three different age ranges, 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 which will then be delivered to children in a range of countries which are affected by war, natural disaster or poverty. Many of the children have virtually nothing and don't receive gifts. 

What can you pack in the shoebox? A 'wow' item such as a soft toy, a small musical instrument or a toy vehicle. School supplies such as pencils and pens, solar calculators or writing pads. Hygiene items such as toothbrush and paste or a flannel and perhaps wrapped sweets or a hat and scarf. Full details of what is welcome and the items that are not required can be found here

Once packed, boxes are covered in gift paper and delivered to drop-off points, Gold Hill being one there are many others across the UK so anyone can participate. 

So what are you waiting for? Pack a shoebox for a child in need this Christmas and drop it off at your local collection point by 18th November.

This post was written with thanks to Gold Hill Church, Chalfont St Peter who provided me with information on the Operation Christmas Child Project. 

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