Monday, 27 October 2014


Start collecting and filling your shoeboxes ready for Operation Christmas Child this year.  A little bit of time and effort put in by you now can make the world of difference to a child this Christmas.  For some a pencil and notepad mean they can go to school, for others it is the joy of having toys of their own and the sense that someone somewhere really cares about them. If you have spare empty shoeboxes please bring them along to a Sunday meeting for others to fill.
How to Pack a Shoebox
Operation Christmas Child has delivered 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in the last 23 years and we are trusting God for another 100 million.
  • SHOEBOX Find an empty medium sized shoebox and wrap box and lid separately.
  • BOY OR GIRL? Decide if your gift is for a Boy or a Girl and the age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Fill in the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and stick the label to the top of your shoebox. Get the Label
  • FILL WITH GIFTS Fill your shoebox with a variety of new gifts that will bring delight to a child. See gift suggestions below or have a go at making your own.
  • Remember to pray for the child who will receive your shoebox gift.
Please fill your box with a selection of new gifts from the following list, or similar items:
TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.
OTHER ITEMS: Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (sell by date must be at least March of the following year).
DO NOT INCLUDE: used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; marbles or sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; clothing other than as listed above.
 INCLUDE £3 DONATION PER BOX We ask for a minimum £3 shipping donation to cover UK transportation, overseas shipping and promotion for each box you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your shoebox. You can also write a cheque to Samaritan’s Purse, place it in an envelope and put it inside your shoebox, then secure the box with an elastic band. If you do more than one box, just make out one cheque to cover all your shoebox donations, put it in an envelope and place it inside one of your shoeboxes. 
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