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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal



Operation Christmas Child sends a message of hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes.  It focuses on the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift.

Despite their circumstances the Children still possess a huge generosity of spirit. They want to love – and to be loved.  Your shoe box assures them that there can still be love and concern for them in this world.

Through Samaritan’s Purse, we have the opportunity to reach out and share God’s love with needy people in desperate situations around the world.  Practical gifts are distributed to people regardless of their nationality, political or religious background.

This is a brilliant yet simple opportunity for children and families to send gifts to youngsters who would otherwise never receive anything at Christmas.  From very simple beginnings, the project has become the largest children’s shoe box appeal in the world.

A shoebox representing the 100 millionth gift-filled box was delivered to a tiny little girl who loves to use sticks as microphones and preach to imaginary audiences in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic.
It’s all about ONE child receiving a shoebox and knowing that they are special and loved by you and by God!

Matthew 25. Verse 40 reads. “I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me”.

And remember, remember the 12th of November 2017, the date you need to bring your completed shoeboxes to church.

How to Pack a Shoebox


Get an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper or collect a pre-printed shoebox from church. Attach the appropriate boy/girl label, marking if your gift is for a boy or a girl. Select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and attach the label to the top of your shoebox.


Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. If possible, include one or two special items you know a child will love such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. See ideas below:)


A suggested donation of £5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well-organised children’s event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need.

You can enclose cash or cheque (to Samaritan’s Purse) and place it in the envelope
inside your shoebox on top of the contents. If you are packing multiple shoeboxes you can write a cheque for one combined donation.

Remember if you are a UK taxpayer, you can Gift Aid your donation. See the leaflet/envelope for details.


Personalise your shoebox by including a hand

written note and a photograph of yourself,

your group or your family. You may also like

to pray for the child that will receive your gift.

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox

and bring to morning service on Sunday

12th November 2017.

Ideas of Gifts to Include in Your Shoebox


Bear, soft toy (with CE label), tennis ball, skipping rope, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small puzzle, small musical instrument, trucks, cars, dolls, clip on earrings, etc...

Educational Supplies:

Crayons or felt pens, pencils, pens, colouring pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, stamp & ink pad sets, writing pads, notebooks & paper, colouring book, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, solar calculator etc.

Hygiene Items:

Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush or comb, hair clips, bar of wrapped soap, flannel, etc.

Other Items:

Sweets (sell-by date to be at least March of the following year), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces, hair accessories, wind up torch, jewellery set,  etc.


Used or damaged items,war related items such as toy guns or knives or military figures; clothing other than that listed above; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; liquids or lotions including bubbles; medicines; handmade or knitted stuffed toys; sharp or fragile items; chocolate or food items; anything of a political, religious or racial nature or books with mainly words.

All gifts should be new, please include items from each category.


Remember Sunday 12 November 2017 is the last chance to bring your completed shoeboxes to church!


Listen to Fiona’s Shoebox Appeal - 2 October 2016