By Loving Hands, Jul 5 2016 08:41PM
Julia Odie is a long standing Loving Hands member and very proactive too! Last Autumn she travelled to Moldova with one of the charities that we give a lot of support to - Operation Orphan, helping with their Keep a Child Warm Campaign. Seeing at first hand how little people have, and how much donations of warm clothing and blankets can help spurred Julia on to see what more she could do. A few months ago she put the call out around the islands for good quality nearly new children's coats to add to the stash of blankets that had been made from knitted squares.
I don't think even she realised just how wonderfully generous the Islanders could be! Box after box was filled, and a very kind local van hire company supplied the necessary van free of charge. Much fund raising was done and this covered the ferry fare for the 12 hour crossing from Shetland to Aberdeen and some over to help towards the fuel costs for the 850 mile round trip down to Notthingam and Operation Orphan's HQ.
The photos show the family loading the van up, and Julia and her lovely hubby John unloading and helping to sort in the Operation Orphan warehouse.
Not only this but they also called in to Rosetta (with Julia in the final photo) who provides clothing, shoes, school supplies etc to her husband's village in Gambia.
I'm sure that there will be hundreds of children that will be kept warn this year thanks to the generosity and hard work of the 'Shetland team'