One of the most well known and best loved of Christmas Charities is the “Shoe Box” charity, otherwise known as Operation Christmas Child. We all know how difficult it is for charities since the pandemic has struck but for those who operate in the very tight “window” of Christmas, it’s even more difficult.
Operation Christmas Child began in the UK in 1990, after Dave Cooke, a local businessman in Wrexham and his wife Jill felt they wanted to do something in response to the plight of Romanian orphans at the end of the Cold War. Dave’s sister Jan, came up with the concept of the shoebox gift as a form of easily transportable ‘Christmas stocking’ wrapped and packed with love. A tangible message of hope for children in the toughest of circumstances.
Every year since, Samaritan’s Purse (the umbrella charity) has collected shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children around the world. 10.8 million shoeboxes were sent around the world to over 100 countries in 2019/2020. Since 1990, more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The project delivers the joy of what, for many kids is their first gift ever.
National collection week for the filled shoe boxes is 9th-16th November. The nearest collection point in Huntingdon is Buckden Methodist Church Drop off facilities will hopefully be possible at Huntingdon Methodist Church during National Collection Week. Contact Sue on 01480412830 with any enquiries. If you would rather not collect all those little items to fill your own box then you can choose your box and contents on line at: https:shoeboxline.samaritans-purse.co.uk.
The website contains all the information you need to know about what to put in your box and how to go about donating it. You can even put a tracker in your box so that you can find out which country your gift box was delivered to!
If you have questions, our local Operation Christmas Child representative is Sue Shorter and she is happy for you to give her a ring on 01480 412 830. Sue says “there is still a great need for boxes” – so don’t delay – do it today!
Hot news – regarding latest Covid 19 restrictions National Collection Week will be altered . Details on the website Operation Christmas Child UK or contact Sue