Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Shoebox Depot

The Shoebox Depot is coming along nicely.
We have all our tables laid out ready for packing etc, we have cornered off a small area at the back to be a finance office. Ideally we would have a separate room for that, but needs must and the warehouse WAS free! And after all, banking will be done daily.

We have a couple of urns for making hot drinks, and necessary supplies for that. We already have over 200 boxes ready to be sorted and the cartons for packing the boxes into arrived on Friday.

We have a limited supply of "fillers" for boxes that need topping up, but not enough! Got to work on that still.

SO, on Monday we will start!
We have training sessions at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 6:00pm
The lady who has previously run the Hereford Depot will be with us all day that day, but after that we will be on our own. She will be available by phone at all times, so we won't really be left alone, but it's going to be scary at times, this being our first year.

Soooo, can Telford meet its target of 7000 boxes this year?
In the current economic downturn?
I belive we can!

Stay Tuned and find out if I'm right.

To come this week - Photos from training day and hopefully a video blog post too!

Monday, October 27, 2008


I was away for a night with my hubby last night when I got a text to say we would be picking up the keys for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox depot this morning. We weren't going to be back in time to meet the others there, but decided to drive by it on the way home so that hubby would know for sure where it was.

Some of the others were there doing a couple of things, so I got to see inside after all.
Right now it's pretty much an empty shell of a building. 1 toilet in the corner, and 4 sockets for the whole place.

Yes, it was the unit I thought it was. These units have all been refurbished, so have new roofs, and have been cleaned out and repainted inside.

Because we have the big huge door we can just drive the van right in for unloading. Great if it rains.
If you look beyond the van door to that cubicle in the corner - that's the only toilet in the place, one between all of us. There is no separate office space or anything like that so we'll have to use dividers to make something like that.

Tables, tables, tables , and lots of chairs. We might be making more use of that trolley than we had hoped! We can't get any of the supermarkets to let us have any supermarket cages!
If you're in Telford and you have supermarket contacts, can you help.
We only want to borrow them not to keep them, we can collect and return when we are done. PLEASE!
We need the cages that supermarkets use to move stuff from warehouse to shop floor!

Our first load of boxes. The people who were doing these, are not going to be around for the whole campaign and so wanted their boxes out of their storage as soon as possible. We were happy to oblige because it means we will have plenty to work on for training day which is the first day we are officially open.

So, if you are in TELFORD, start packing boxes!
Yes, I mean YOU!

Have fun, ask any questions you need to and I hope to meet you at the depot.