This year I’m donating a shoebox gift to Operation Christmas Child and wanted to get more people involved as it’s such a great cause. If you don’t know about it already, OCC is part of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief and is the largest Christmas project in the world, set up in 1990. To get involved, you decorate a shoebox with wrapping paper and fill it with small gifts like notepads, pens, hat, scarf, gloves, sweets, soft toys, small sports equipment, hair accessories etc (see attachment for full list of suggestions). It is then sent to a drop-off point (the nearest to the Guild are in Harborne and Edgbaston) where it is then sent to the toughest parts of the world for the benefit of underprivileged children.
As I want to get more people involved, I’m coordinating a collection all throughout Week 8. To get involved, create a shoebox gift and drop it off in the Guild Officer offices (up the stairs past Spar to the top floor, take a U-turn to the right) or email me on the address below to arrange a personal collection. On Friday 11am in Week 8 hopefully many people will have given me their shoebox gifts and I’ll stock up the boot of a car and drive off to the drop-off point to make lots of people happy.
I’ve already made my shoebox gift and, just to give you an example, it was aimed at a girl aged 5-9 and I included:
A hat and gloves
A pack of 10 notepads
Felt tip pens
A toothbrush and toothpaste
If you want to get involved, please leave a comment or drop me an email at email@example.com
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, their website is: http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/
The deadline for handing in shoeboxes is Friday 18th November at 10am.