Autumn Outreach

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is the largest children’s Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, who have been sending gift-filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world since 1990, bringing joy into the lives of over 80 million children.

Last year, over 500,000 people from across the UK and Ireland got involved – including many churches, schools and workplaces. Children and adults alike wrapped and packed around 1.12 million shoeboxes full of gifts and goodies, which were then sent to disadvantaged children across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

At Grace Church, we have had the wonderful privilege of participating in this project for the last several years, and plan to do so again in 2011!
Shoeboxes arriving in Swaziland

Giving a shoebox gift is really quite simple. You wrap and pack it, we check and send it, and our in-country partners deliver it. It starts in your hands and ends up in theirs.

 

How to get involved…

If you (and your family) want to do a shoebox or multiple shoeboxes, then here’s what to do:

  1. Please pick up a flyer from the church Welcome Desk on any Sunday.
  2. Get hold of an empty shoebox, fill it with gifts (find more info about what to include here), and bring it back to a Sunday morning service on or before Sunday November 17th. (Don’t forget to include your £2.50 donation (per box) to help the shoebox get where it needs to go).
  3. As a church we will arrange the collection of our shoeboxes, which will then be processed by Samaritan’s Purse volunteers before being sent out for distribution to children in need.  This year our boxes will go to children in Belarus.

 

Watch a new video!

Watch the inspiring new 7-min video from Operation Christmas Child, which follows the journey of some shoeboxes from a school in the UK into the hands of school-aged children in the Ukraine and Liberia.

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