It’s not too late for people across the country to help Operation Christmas Child send gift filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world this Christmas!
Operation Christmas Child is a global children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes containing school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement to let hurting children know God loves them and they are not forgotten.
Over the past 23 years, through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes in over 100 countries.
While the deadline for dropping off shoeboxes has now passed, people can still take part through Shoebox World – a fun and interactive way to create a shoebox online. It’s a quick and easy way to fill a shoebox gift for a child overseas.
This year Shoebox World is compatible across all PC and MAC devices and Tablets. Best of all, Shoebox World will now ‘scale’ to the smallest screens, including iPhones and Androids. So shoeboxes can be created online using any platform, anywhere, from as little as £15, right up until New Year’s Day!
People can choose from a great selection of toys, education supplies, hygiene accessories and other items. Samaritan’s Purse volunteers will then place the chosen gifts in decorated shoeboxes and send them for distribution overseas to vulnerable children, boys and girls between two and 14 years of age. Gift-filled shoeboxes created online can also include a personalised message and/or a photo for the child receiving their shoebox, a simple thing to do but something that makes each shoebox so special, so memorable.
Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director Simon Barrington said: “We want to tell children receiving these shoeboxes that, whatever their circumstances, people in the UK do care about them and are thinking about them this Christmas.”
Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts are collected in the UK, United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, New Zealand and Spain.
People wanting to create a shoebox online through Shoebox World need simply go to www.shoeboxworld.org.uk.
About Samaritan’s Purse
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 18 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
To find out more about Samaritan’s Purse in the UK, visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk.