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Operation Christmas Child

I've just packed up our shoebox full of goodies for a little boy aged between 5-9 somewhere in the world who probably won't get any other Christmas present that this.
If you know of a local church or group who is participating in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child or you'd like to makek up a shoe box indivdually, have a look at their website, with the link below. I've just been on the site to make our donation to cover the cost of delivering the box. It's a great website. The video of the little African boy dancing with delight as he receives his box has just had me all sparkly eyed and a lump in my throat.
It's such a worth while cause - you can donate online too.

Operation Christmas Child

Posted at 2nd Nov 2009 - 02:05PM   Posted by KittyB   Operation Christmas Child Comments: 11

Westerwitch's Avatar Brilliant - thank you for putting this up.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 2nd Nov 2009 at 02:29PM

Pipany's Avatar Fantastic kitty. I am determined to get Lucy to do something like this with me and she is really keen, so will pop over to have a look right now.

Posted by: Pipany on 2nd Nov 2009 at 02:37PM

Thanks for suggesting this Kitty, well worth while .

Posted by: Zoe on 2nd Nov 2009 at 02:44PM

KittyB's Avatar I think what I like most is that it needn't cost you much, minimum donation of 2.50 to cover the cost of sending, and you can buy things for pennies in bargain shops. We put a few dinosaurs that Harry chose from his own collection of good-as-new, grown-out-of toys - likewise a bouncy ball, toy train, pack of animal snap cards and some brand new but too small sunglasses. I added soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hat scarf and gloves, sweets, notepad, colouring book, crayons, felt-tips, small teddy bear - none of which cost much.

I did have a moment of thought putting in a fleece hat, scarf and gloves set bought from Primark for 3. I'm probably perpetuating child labour by buying them. Is it robbing Peter to pay Paul?

Posted by: KittyB on 2nd Nov 2009 at 03:22PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar We do this every year for an orphanage in's a lovely idea. We are always given the choice of doing a boys box or a girls, and they also give us an age range to choose from. Last year we did a girls and put in a hat scarf and gloves, coloured pens, soaps, toothpaste, small games, writing and drawing pads and a doll with an extra outfit.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 2nd Nov 2009 at 04:34PM

Faith's Avatar Havent done this for a few years now, but always used to enjoy it. Is it too late now? I'll look at the website.

Posted by: Faith on 2nd Nov 2009 at 04:40PM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Tigger & I were very involved in this charity, when we lived in Chester. He involved the whole factory he was managing, in it too, and raised the money for some of the staff to fly out to help with the transportation and distribution. It was so exciting, and the stories they told of the faces of the little children would bring tears to your eyes. Many of the schools here are now involved, and it is good training for children to learn how privileged they are, to learn the true meaning of Christmas, to learn how to share, and the joy they can bring to another little child's life. I do one with Muffin every year and it moves me to see her planning, and parting with something she really loves to make another little girl happy. We were invited by the Duke of Westminster, who is invloved, to a lovely reception in his home in Chester, and he was drop dead gorgeous and so nice to talk to. I was very sad to hear shortly afterwards he was struck down with Chronic depression. I think it is a brilliant idea.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 2nd Nov 2009 at 06:53PM

Elizabethd's Avatar We do this also at our church here in France. It's such a good idea, and needn't involve great expense.

Posted by: Elizabethd on 2nd Nov 2009 at 07:10PM

Vic's Avatar We do this at school, I have 4 shoe boxes started off at home, just need to take them to school now and hassle my year 11 form to bring some things in now!

Posted by: Vic on 2nd Nov 2009 at 07:47PM

KittyB's Avatar Brililant - this makes me very happy to see that it's so widely known and that people are involved with this and similar schemes.

When I was a little girl we used to take a toy of our own to the Christingle service, wrapped up in a shoe box, to be given to the children at the local orphanage or battered wives' home. I now ask my son to put something of his own into the Christmas shoe box, I think it might mean more to him to give away something personal, something he has enjoyed and can imagine another child appreciating, rather than to just go out and buy everything.

Posted by: KittyB on 2nd Nov 2009 at 07:54PM

Pipany's Avatar Lucy is really excited about this Kitty. We looked at the website together and she has already worked out a list of things she could put in. I agree that it makes them more involved if they donate something of their own.

Posted by: Pipany on 2nd Nov 2009 at 08:07PM

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