Christmas shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Making a difference this Christmas

A number of people are putting together shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan's Purse.

Emma has put together some information about it:

  1. Find an empty shoebox and fill it! (Jones the Bootmaker are giving them away)
  2. It needs to be an average size and wrapped in colourful paper (but please wrap the box and lid separately).
  3. Decide if your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
  4. Attach the appropriate boy/girl label (resources, including labels)
  5. Fill the box with a variety of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies, as well as something to love like a doll or soft toy
  6. Include a £3 donation per box (Help cover shipping and other costs*)
  7. Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox
  8. Bring to the office before Monday 14 November

*You can give online and discover the destination of your box, or you can write a cheque to Samaritan’s Purse or include cash in an envelope. Place the cheque/cash on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple shoeboxes, please make one combined donation.

Gift suggestions

TOYS: Include dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, skipping ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books, sticker sheets etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, flannel, etc.

OTHER: Baseball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewellery, solar watches, wind-up torches, scarf & gloves, wrapped sweets (Best Before Date of at least March the following year).

A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medicines, hand made or knitted stuffed toys, playing cards of the 4-suit variety, breakable items such as glass containers, aerosol cans, clothing or items of a political, racial or religious nature.

More details, ideas and instructions

Find out more about Operation Christmas Child

Emma would be happy to explain more about it if you have any questions.


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