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:
- Find an empty shoebox and fill it! (Jones the Bootmaker are giving them away)
- It needs to be an average size and wrapped in colourful paper (but please wrap the box and lid separately).
- 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.
- Attach the appropriate boy/girl label (resources, including labels)
- 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
- Include a £3 donation per box (Help cover shipping and other costs*)
- Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox
- 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.
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.