Yesterday whilst at church there was mention of 'Operation Christmas Child' during the service.
Operation Christmas Child is the worlds largest children's Christmas project run by the charity Samaritan's Purse. They have been sending gift filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990 to over 100 million underprivileged children.
This is a lovely way to help children who are less fortunate at christmas time and a nice activity to involve your own children in too.
To get involved you will need an empty medium sized shoe box and wrap your box in some festive paper.
You should decide if you are sending your box to a boy or a girl and print off, complete and attach to your box one of these labels from the Operation Christmas Child website here
You will then need to fill your shoe box with new gifts such as:
A cuddly toy
A toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of wrapped soap & flannel
Notepad, drawing paper, picture and comic books
Pencils, pens and pencil sharpener
A set of crayons or felt pens
A hat, cap, gloves or scarf
A small ball or tennis ball
A puzzle (small Jigsaw)
For boys: a toy car, truck, passenger plane or similar and football cards
For girls: small jewellery set, doll or skipping rope or hair accessories
A greetings card and or a photo of yourself
Wrapped sweets (sell by date must be at least March of the following year)
There items that you cannot send such as:
Chocolate or other edible item e.g crisps, biscuits, tinned food etc. (due to Customs in receiving countries)
War related items, e.g Toy guns, play soldiers or knives
Clothing (other than listed above)
Glass containers, mirrors or fragile items
Liquids of any type, e.g. Blow bubbles, shower gel, shampoos, toiletry sets
Marbles or sharp objects
Anything of a political, racial or religious nature
Books with many words
Handmade or knitted stuffed toys
Once you have wrapped and filled your box you should secure the box with an elastic band and you will also need to add a £3.00 donation to help cover the costs of sending your box. You can also pay this online and print off a barcode which will enable you to track your box and see where it ends up!
Then you will need to take it to your nearest drop off point, which can be found via the Operation Christmas Child website http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk along with all the information you need!
You can drop them off between 1st and 18th November so you have a couple weeks to complete them!
We can't wait to fill our boxes with lovely gifts!
Have a fabulous Monday!