Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child (Shoe Box Appeal)

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organisation. It's mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. They ship these simple gifts outside the United Kingdom to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.

What size shoebox should I use and what should I put in it?

Any medium sized shoebox is fine. Large boxes cause problems with transport and it is unfair if one child has a bigger box than the others. This is why we ask for a MEDIUM sized shoebox. However, there is no problem with shoeboxes that are slightly above or below the guidelines.

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 Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books, toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel, hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-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; sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; clothing other than as listed above.

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