FREIGHT forwarding company Morrison Freight is again helping the Christian charity Mustard Seed Relief Mission spread some Christmas cheer for orphans in Ukraine and Moldova.

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For the past 10 years, the Great Blakenham-based firm has worked with the charity as part of its “Love in a Box” project which sees more than 50,000 gift-wrapped shoeboxes, filled with presents travel either 1,500 miles from the UK to Lebedin in Ukraine or 1,700 miles to Cahul in Moldova.

The company moves approximately 250 trailers throughout Europe a week and, in the run-up to Christmas, swaps some of its usual loads for shoeboxes, each packed with age and gender in mind.

Lee Steward, operations director at Morrison Freight, said: “We really enjoy helping Mustard Seed each year and are proud to be a part of the ‘Love in a Box’ campaign.

“It’s good to know we are making Christmas better for so many children by delivering these gifts. It’s over-whelming to still see so many donations even though people are experiencing their own financial issues here in the UK”.

Mustard Seed begins collecting boxes at the end of October which are donated by schools, businesses, churches and individuals.

For Moldova, customs formalities are completed at Dover which allow the trucks to travel for six days through seven European countries before arriving at a nominated Romanian/Moldavian border point. Here, the trucks are met by British charity workers where additional customs formalities have to be completed before arriving at the final destination and offloading point.

The boxes bound for Ukraine transit through Belgium, Germany and Poland where they enter Ukraine at Lvov. Again, the English distribution team meets the trucks and travels with the shoeboxes a further 690 miles to the final destination in Lebedin.

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