Operation Christmas Child in Chalfont St Peter

As Christmas rolls closer and closer I've noticed more and more local communities and businesses who are collecting for or donating to a variety of charities.

Gold Hill Church in Chalfont St Peter are this year supporting a shoebox project called 'Operation Christmas Child organised by Samaritans Purse, an international relief and development organisation that works through churches providing physical and spiritual aid to those in need in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Gold Hill are collecting shoeboxes packed with items for a boy or girl suitable in one of three different age ranges, 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 which will then be delivered to children in a range of countries which are affected by war, natural disaster or poverty. Many of the children have virtually nothing and don't receive gifts. 

What can you pack in the shoebox? A 'wow' item such as a soft toy, a small musical instrument or a toy vehicle. School supplies such as pencils and pens, solar calculators or writing pads. Hygiene items such as toothbrush and paste or a flannel and perhaps wrapped sweets or a hat and scarf. Full details of what is welcome and the items that are not required can be found here

Once packed, boxes are covered in gift paper and delivered to drop-off points, Gold Hill being one there are many others across the UK so anyone can participate. 

So what are you waiting for? Pack a shoebox for a child in need this Christmas and drop it off at your local collection point by 18th November.

This post was written with thanks to Gold Hill Church, Chalfont St Peter who provided me with information on the Operation Christmas Child Project. 

image courtesy of https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/

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