You may have heard of the project in the past, perhaps it was through the viral video online last week that showed children opening shoeboxes of gifts, or perhaps you’ve packed a shoebox in the past.
Operation Christmas Child is the largest Children’s Christmas Project of in the world and last year the UK sent an incredible 900,008 shoeboxes of gifts to children in need around the world.
Samaritan’s Purse has been running Operation Christmas Child since 1993 and the impact on children’s lives is immeasurable. Nick Cole, Director of Operation Christmas Child in the UK shared about his team’s passion.
There is little that brings us as much joy as seeing the smile on these children’s faces. So often they have little or nothing. Receiving an unconditional gift, lovingly packed by a volunteer in the UK is a fantastic way to share the true meaning of Christmas with them.
The project is simple to take part in;
- Step 1: Get a medium sized shoebox and wrap it in colourful paper, attaching a label to signify it is for a boy or girl and the appropriate age group (2-4, 5-9, 10-14)
- Step 2: Fill the shoebox with gifts, such as hygiene items and school supplies. Don’t forget the WOW item – a special gift that will really delight a child like a football and pump, a doll or cuddly toy
- Step 3: Make your shipping donation of just £3 per shoebox online, and place the barcode generated inside the box to track which country your shoebox goes to
- Step 4: Include a personal note or photo, and pray for the child who will receive your shoebox
- Step 5: Drop off your shoebox at a local collection point
This year Nick Cole and his team are challenging the nation to remember that Christmas is for sharing and have shared this message in their latest heart-warming ad.
The UK was recently named the Most Generous Country in Europe, with nearly 70% of us contributing to charity, and a poll by Just Giving listed the top 3 most generous towns as; Bedford, Cambridge and Reading.
Cole wants to find out if this is the case and doesn’t believe it’ll be a clear cut result.
We’re privileged to have tens of thousands of generous shoebox packers right across the UK and are astonished by their generosity every year.
I’m certain that Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas are able to rise to the challenge of being the most generous place in the UK for 2016.
Collection points for the shoeboxes opened on November 1st and will be open until the 18th November. You can find your nearest drop off point by visiting OperationChristmasChild.org.uk or pack a box online through shoeboxworld.co.uk.