Operation Christmas Child

OCC shoe boxes (close up)Our church supports Operation Christmas Child the world's largest children's Christmas project. We invite you to play your part by filling a shoebox and help bring hope and happiness to some of the world's most disadvantaged children this Christmas.

To prepare your shoebox please follow these instructions on OCC's website or pick up a leaflet from the church office. The instructions include suggestions for suitable gifts.

Please note that the lid and box must be wrapped separately and secured with a rubber band. This is so the boxes can be checked for customs compliance, after which they are sealed. A shipping donation of £3.00 is required. This should preferably be paid online or you can enclose payment with the shoebox using the envelope that forms part of the leaflet.

You can drop your shoebox into the church office between 9.00 am and 12.30 pm on any weekday up until 17 November.

UPDATE  The last day we can accept shoeboxes is Monday 27 November.


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On Sunday 5 November at 10.30 am we hold our shoebox celebration service when we receive and dedicated the shoeboxes donated via our church.

What happens to the shoeboxes?

Loading the lorry with shoeboxes At the local depot, volunteers pack cartons full of shoe boxes from various churches and schools. The cartons are then loaded on to a large transporter lorry.

Lorries leave depots all over Britain packed full of shoeboxes from churches such as ours.

In 2015 the Croydon warehouse processed 10,510 shoeboxes, which were exported with a similar number from Redhill to Zambia and Belarus. A total of 900,008 shoeboxes were sent from the whole of the UK.

Operation Christmas Child is an initiative of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief and development organisation which works through local churches to demonstrate the love of God to families and children in need across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Page last updated: Sunday November 12th 2017 1:12 PM