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Published on 9th November 2018
As part of the on-going charity work of the school we are once again supporting a Christmas project called Operation Christmas Child, run by an organisation called Samaritan’s Purse. This project sends shoeboxes of gifts to children in some of the poorest places in the world. We have supported this project for the last seven years, sending over 1300 boxes and bringing joy to many disadvantaged children in different countries.
To support the project, students pack a shoebox with gifts, wrap the box in Christmas wrapping paper and bring it into school. The shoeboxes are collected by the Rotary Club and will then be sent overseas to places like Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Last year we sent over 160 boxes to needy children – thanks for your fantastic support! Whilst Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian-run charity, shoeboxes are given to children between the ages of two and fourteen regardless of faith, religion, race or nationality. This will often be the first Christmas gift these children have ever received, and each year hundreds of thousands of lives are touched by the generosity of people from this country and others. Last year over one million boxes were sent from the UK to children in hospitals, orphanages, internally displaced persons camps, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods around the world.
Below you will find ideas for things that you could include in your shoebox. Please note carefully that there are also several things which must not be included. Because of current EU import regulations gifts in the boxes do have to be new; however you can easily fill a shoebox very inexpensively at shops like Wilkinson’s, Tesco, Asda or Poundland. It is helpful to decide whether you are shopping for a boy or a girl and for what age range before going to shop for your gifts. Please make sure your gifts are age appropriate and that you do not send any items in a shoebox for a young child that might be swallowed or mistaken for sweets. You might also like to include a photo and a card to show the child who receives your box whom it is from.
Once you have filled your shoebox and wrapped it (wrapping the lid and box separately), if possible please include in an envelope inside your box a donation of £5 (preferably by cheque, payable to Samaritan’s Purse, but in cash if not) to cover expensive transportation and fuel costs. If this is not possible please send your box in regardless. Then put an elastic band around your box and stick one of the labels from the bottom of this page onto your box to show whom the box is appropriate for.
We would love to be able to send as many boxes as possible from Fernwood students to children around the world. If you are able to pack a box that will undoubtedly bring great joy to a child elsewhere, please do. I know Christmas may still feel like a long way away, but the deadline is just a couple of weeks after half term – boxes need to be back in school by Friday 23rd November at the latest in order to arrive with the children by Christmas, but the sooner they are in the better in order to help us prepare for collection.
Many thanks in advance for your support.