Every year, the children and families of FCJ Primary School in Jersey are delighted to support Mustard Seed Jersey, by making up shoeboxes for their Christmas Appeal. The many shoeboxes kindly donated each year, ensure that many underprivileged children, young people and pensioners receive a wonderful gift in time for Christmas. A few of our staff and small groups of children have also worked on blankets to send to help keep the children and pensioners warm in the harsh Romanian winter. We hold a special assembly each year to give the children information about the appeal and we also have a few completed shoeboxes, so that the children are aware of what needs to be packed inside. We hope that the year of the FCJ Bicentenary, will see more shoeboxes than ever donated.
Each year, just before Christmas, we will normally get some photos from the Mustard Seed Charity, showing the shoeboxes being distributed, this is always very poignant to see the conditions these people live in and just how much it means to them to be given a shoebox.
Mustard Seed [Jersey] is a small charity set up in Jersey, Channel Isles in 1998. It is run from the home of the founder and financed by donations from Jersey people. Mustard Seed is autonomous and is not a branch of any of the larger Mustard Seed charities in UK. Mustard Seed Jersey runs its own projects, administers all funding, and when relief aid is taken overseas it is driven by volunteer Jersey drivers. The aim is to ease suffering in eastern Europe, by providing opportunities to enable people to become self-sufficient, through the taking of humanitarian aid, funding various projects and prayerfully supporting a number of projects.
Mustard Seed deliberately chooses to work with small trusts and foundations, as they are seen to be in the greatest need, often having no other help from the west. Mustard Seed work with a number of small charity foundations in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova, who monitor the aid distribution on our behalf, and advise us on where the need is.