Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse. They have been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, bringing joy into the lives of over 80 million underpriviledged children.
Last year, over 500,000 people from across the UK and Ireland got involved – including many churches, schools and workplaces. Children and adults alike wrapped and packed around 1.12 million shoeboxes full of gifts and goodies, which were then sent to disadvantaged children across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
This year the families at St Joseph’s made up over 40 boxes for these girls and boys. They said this about making up the boxes;
Lourdes: “We went and got a few bits and then books and put them in.”
Jodie: ” I used some of my stuff and it was good quality and as I no longer needed I thought that it would be niuce to give to another child.”
Catherine: ” we used the leaflet to get our ideas and search around the house and found hats and scarves that no longer fitted me.”
Ellie: ” Because my brother is older now we talked him into giving some of the things away.”
Marina: “My mum had notebooks and pens that she didn’t need so we give them away.”
Anashe: “We bought things new like pencils, stickers and sweets for a little girl.We did it as we have lots of things but some children don’t have loads.”
Ben: “I gave them Nike shoes, clothes that no longer fit and I think its important to do this as some kids don’t have all the stuff we have and they deserve it.Christmas should be a special time.”