News Release

Maidstone's 'Love in a Box' for Europe Refugees

The Maidstone congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently held their annual “Love in a Box” event at the Maidstone Chapel.  The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Butler and his wife Mary were also in attendance having requested an invite after visiting the event last year.


This year 413 boxes were completed on behalf of the 'Mustard Seed Relief Mission' which is based in Eastbourne. Women from the Hastings congregation have been involved for a number of years with the charity and in helping to organise the event along with Lyn Yull, Stake Public Affairs director for the Maidstone area.  The boxes will be sent to refugees, orphans and displaced children throughout Europe. 

For several months leading up to the day members were busy collecting and making up boxes for the event including the making of dozens of hand knitted hats and mittens to go in many of the boxes.

Fundraising events also went on during the day from car washing to a cake auction and hairdressing as well as a refreshment stall. Over 150 church members and friends helped throughout the 2 ½ hours completing boxes and raising funds. A children's choir sang carols during the project adding to the festive spirit and service being given. 

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