Is Merseyside the most generous place
in the UK? Operation Christmas Child gives us a chance to prove so!
YOU may have heard of the project in
the past, perhaps it was through the viral video online that showed children
opening shoeboxes of gifts, or perhaps you've packed a shoebox in the past.
Operation Christmas Child is the largest Children's Christmas Project of in the
world and in 2015, the UK sent an incredible 900,008 shoeboxes of gifts to
children in need around the world. Samaritan's Purse has been running
Operation Christmas Child since 1993 and the impact on children's lives is
immeasurable. Nick Cole, Director of Operation Christmas Child in the UK shared
about his team's passion. "There is little that brings us as much joy as
seeing the smile on these children's faces. So often they have little or
nothing. Receiving an unconditional gift, lovingly packed by a volunteer in the
UK is a fantastic way to share the true meaning of Christmas with them."
The project is simple to take part in:-
Step 1:- Get a medium sized shoebox and wrap it in colourful paper, attaching a
label to signify it is for a boy or girl and the appropriate age group (2 to 4,
5 to 9, 10 to 14)
Step 2:- Fill the shoebox with gifts, such as hygiene items and school supplies.
Don't forget the 'WOW' item; a special gift that will really delight a child
like a football and pump, a doll or cuddly toy...
Step 3:- Make your shipping donation of just ?3 per shoebox online, and place
the barcode generated inside the box to track which country your shoebox goes
Step 4:- Include a personal note or photo, and pray for the child who will
receive your shoebox...
Step 5:- Drop off your shoebox at a local collection point...
This year Nick Cole and his team are challenging the nation to remember that
Christmas is for sharing and have shared this message in their latest heart
warming ad. The UK was recently named the Most Generous Country in Europe,
with nearly 70% of us contributing to charity, and a poll by Just Giving listed
the top 3 most generous Towns as:- Bedford, Cambridge and Reading. Cole wants to
find out if this is the case and doesn't believe it'll be a clear cut result.
"We're privileged to have tens of thousands of generous shoebox packers right
across the UK and are astonished by their generosity every year. I'm certain
that Merseyside and the surrounding areas are able to rise to the challenge of
being the most generous place in the UK for 2016."
Collection points for the shoeboxes will be open until the 18 November 2016. You
can find your nearest drop off point by visiting the charities main
website or via the pack a box online