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Whilst it’s only October, Christmas will be here before we know it. And if you’d like get into the true spirit of Christmas a little early, we encourage you to consider participating in Operation Christmas Child.

This wonderful project, run by Samaritans Purse, helps provide gift-filled shoeboxes to children in the developing world by partnering with local churches. Packing a shoebox is a personal way we can give back, and also teach our children about giving. For only a $10 donation, and a box filled with a few school supplies, clothes, hygiene products and toys you could make a huge impact on a child’s life!

 

How can I get involved?

It’s really quite simple. The idea is to grab an average-sized shoebox, and decorate the lid and box in brightly coloured paper, or you can order a pre-printed shoebox. You can decide whether you wish to pack a box for a boy or girl, and an age bracket, either 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

Then it’s time to fill your shoebox with some simple gifts. It is recommended to try and fill the shoebox with at least one item from each of the following categories:

  • Something to wear
  • Something to play with
  • Something for school
  • Something to love
  • Something special
  • Something for personal hygiene

From there, you can order labels and decided whether you wish to follow your shoebox on its journey.

Once you have the labels, you simply drop off the shoebox at a designated drop centre. The Perth OCC Processing Centre is in Osborne Park at Unit 4/408 Scarborough Beach Rd, Osborne Park WA 6017 and is receiving shoeboxes until Nov 30.

All the details and exactly what to do can be found here.

Packing a shoebox is an easy and practical way to contribute and support children less fortunate in many corners of the world. All children receive a shoebox regardless of race, gender or religion. It is simply a free gift given out by local churches in their own village or town. Many of the shoebox recipients have never received a Christmas present before. We think it’s a great way to spread Christmas joy far and wide.