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Introduction

Boxes of Hope sets out to maintain a level of normality to displaced individuals and families who are being affected by conflict and tragedy.
We will assist in any way possible to ensure the communities understand they are not on their own and other communities care about their wellbeing.

Boxes of Hope was originally set up at the beginning of the Ukraine invasion in February 2022 to send needed items in the form of a gift box to Ukraine.

By launching a social media campaign, the donations started to come in extremely fast and the local village hall space soon became redundant due to the overwhelming response from the community.

Individually packing them and encouraging school children to create a letter or picture to send to the women and children becoming displaced because of the war, it soon became apparent communities wanted to help.

A local businessman Harold Payne was contacted and kindly offered an empty space within his business premises.
This became the main collection area for donations and the community arrived in droves bringing donations and assistance to help pack and get the donations out to Ukraine.

A local man who worked for a European haulage company approached me and offered the first 18 tonne lorry load free and so it began.

Every donation, box and label are organised by faithful volunteers who give their time without a second thought.

The lorries were then funded by organisation Open Eyes in Ukraine who were tirelessly sending the donations to areas hit by Putin’s Invasion of their beautiful country.

Harkiv. Kyiv. Mariupol. Donetsk. Dnipro all areas cut off by fighting.

Lviv being the central distribution area for the boxes I decided at the beginning of June I wanted to follow the boxes out to Ukraine.

This involved me and a college travelling over to Ukraine via bus, leaving from Warsaw at 3am along with women and children who were returning to their country for many reasons. Mainly because things had not worked out with their sponsors, or they run out of finances or because they were just wanting to be nearer their husbands or family who are fighting.

This experience was, from the start, emotional and harrowing.

The bus journey was horrendous due to overcrowding, heat, fatigue, thirst and general being uncomfortable. I had supported two sisters in the centre, and they had shared their experience of leaving Ukraine by bus with their four children and I thought if they can do this so can I. I will be going home eventually; they don’t know when they will return to theirs.

The journey to Ukraine took 12 hours.

We reached Lviv and it was full of people queuing up for refreshments, first aid and general well being checks. These were accommodated by the Red Cross and World Central Kitchen.

I was lucky enough to have money for a coffee, but others did not look so lucky. The look of complete shock and desperation will be etched in my memory for many years. Time seemed to stand still for me as I took in the chaos and heat that hit me suddenly.

I have many things to write about my visit to Ukraine.

The first time, in the night, the sirens went off, and I had to make my way to a shelter underground.

The first time I met an orphan called Artem whose parents had been killed in Mariupol and I gave him the first personally delivered gift box from Boxes of Hope.

The first time I saw soldiers who had returned from the front line in a convoy and the look of complete bewilderment that they were still alive.

The first time I met amazing teachers who have had to adapt their schools into both makeshift orphanages and centres for displaced families and orphans who they have organised foster families for in another country.

The first time I saw a train full of evacuees coming into safety and being processed, like something from World War 2.

There are a lot of experiences I will talk about for many years to come but the amazing experiences of meeting NGOs who are tirelessly sacrificing their lives for their fellow country man is what has been humbling and life changing.

They have enabled me to bring them together and I have now specific organisations which are helping specific areas that need help, now!

The organisations are assisting children, families who are being separated from their husbands, brothers and fathers.

Lviv military hospital supporting and assisting the wounded soldiers.

Community projects supporting the impact of the war on everyday life including schools and centres for women and children.

I need to continue this mission now more than ever.

If you would like to know more and get involved with assistance in fundraising, collecting donations, organising charity events to raise awareness of our mission or just come and see what is involved in send a lorry of humanitarian aid to a country in need please use the contact details below.

Thank you for your time reading a little about Boxes of Hope.

Kindest regards.
Mandy Baxter
07871971868

boxesofhopelincolnshire@gmail.com
bohbelfast@hotmail.com

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Account name: BOXES OF HOPE
CIC Sort Code: 55-50-36
Account Number: 62284983
BIC: NWBKGB2L
IBAN: GB96NWBK55503662284983

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