Operation Christmas Child 2022 – Genesis
Gift Filled Shoeboxes for children in need around the world this Christmas
As always when the children go back to school after their summer holidays we think about Operation Christmas Child and our contribution to this initiative run by Samaritans Purse to send gift filled shoe boxes to children in need around the world. This may be the only gift a child will receive.
We are launching our appeal on 25th September when leaflets on ‘How to Pack a Shoebox’ and preprinted shoeboxes to take away ready for filling will be available. You could also use a shoebox you have at home, it just needs to be covered in Christmas paper. The leaflet contains all the information you need to fill a box. Come and enjoy a drink and buy a cake to support Genesis in providing items to make up additional boxes.
You can also get the information on packing an Operation Christmas Child shoe box online from the Operation Christmas Child website. There is now also an option to pack an online shoe box if you prefer.
The culmination of our appeal will be on 30th October where Genesis will be asking you to bring in your completed boxes, donations to make up additional boxes or even empty shoe boxes that they can fill. It is always a joy to see all the boxes building up as the morning progresses. The boxes are then sent to a collection point and distribution centre for sending to children in need across the world.
Unfortunately as advised in April, Mary’s Meals are no longer operating the backpack project due to logistical complexities and costs that are unsustainable for the charity. However if you would still like to support their activities to provide nutritious meals to school children who live in some of the poorest countries in the world, you can do so through their website.
Thank you for your support in our Operation Christmas Child initiative and I look forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks.