Operation Christmas Child Campaign Appealing for Shoe Boxes

A collection of shoe boxes ready to be sent around the world.

Christian charity the Samaritan’s Purse is appealing for people to create a Christmas shoe box full of gifts less fortunate children in other countries. This is part of their annual ‘Operation Christmas Child‘ campaign.

The project involves people all over the country gift wrapping a normal shoe box and filling it with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies – which will be sent to the children just in time for the festive period.

Samaritan’s Purse Marketing Manager, Lynne Dejoodt said: “It’s a way for people to send a small gift to a child in need and is a shoe box that is packed with various items,

It’s not meant to be a humanitarian aid gift, it’s meant to be a special gift if you like, so the items that we recommend you put into it are things that are fun or that might help them with their education.”

The shoe boxes bring Christmas joy to children in the countries that Samaritan’s Purse deliver to. The charity works with local church partners in these countries to identify the communities with the children that’re in the most need.

“They could be just within a small village that could be particularly poor, they could be children that’re in orphanages although that’s not quite so common anymore. Children, particularly in Africa, haven’t got items that they can use at school,” said Lynne of the children that receive the gift wrapped shoe boxes.

Samaritan’s Purse send just under one million shoe boxes a year from the UK. To get involved or find out more about their other projects visit their website.