Operation Christmas Child 

Yes it is that time of the year again. Please click on this  link, find a shoebox, download a label (boy / girl), check online what you can pack into your shoebox, enclose £5 for shipping / postage. If you have any queries click here to contact Kathleen Cockrill.

Last year there were almost 11.5 million shoeboxes sent to needy children worldwide to help show God’s love to children in desperate situations. Please do what you can to support this great work.  

This shoe-box appeal is by Samaritan’s Purse UK  is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in need (in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) across the world.  

STEP 1: Find a shoe-box

Get an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper or order pre-printed shoeboxes online. 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.

STEP 2: Fill with gifts

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. Click here to see  Gift Suggestions. 

STEP 3: Make your donation

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 an envelope inside your shoebox on top of the contents. If you are packing multiple shoeboxes you can write a cheque for one combined donation.
(Give online at Follow Your Box and you can print out a barcode and place it inside your shoebox on top of the contents. This will enable us to tell you which country your shoebox gets sent to).

STEP 4: Pray

Pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo of yourself or your group.

STEP 5: Drop Off Your Shoebox at HBC (give to Kathleen)

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and leave it at HBC between 1st and 18th November.