How Can I Help ?

Volunteering with Samaritans Purse and Operation Christmas Child often begins very simply and very basically by the giving of your first shoe-box gift. It just snow-balls from there.

If you would like to help in this way then here are a few basic guidle-lines:

  1. Get a shoe box (not too big, not too small). Its often easier with the loose-lid type.
  2. Cover and decorate the box and the lid with christmas gift wrapping paper. There's a knack to doing this but you will get used to it.
  3. Decide who the gift is for (Boy or Girl) and what age range (2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years)
  4. Purchase and/or make your gifts and fill the shoe box. There is a leaflet on how to pack a box and the same guidance can be found on-line. Suggestions are given which includes School Supplies (some children cannot go to school until they can bring their own school supplies such as paper and pencil), Toys, Hygiene Items, Sweets (in date), Other Items. There are certain restrictions to be aware of but these are explained.
  5. Before closing the lid include a £3 shipping donation towards the cost of taking these boxes around the world. That money will be collected before your box is checked and finally sealed for shipping at the Processing Centre.
  6. Put the lid on and seal the box - just with a thick elastic band. Later that elastic band will be used by the receiving child to keep they gifts safe in their box. These boxes are not discarded and are quite precious to someone who has never had a brightly decorated box of their own.
  7. Its a wonderful thing to think about and pray for the unknown child that will receive your box. There have been some amazing stories of boxes opened by a child who got exactly what they needed, eg. shoes of the right size for a child with had no shoes or had leaky shoes with holes in them. Not that coats are on the list but on one occasion the only child in class without a warm coat got a warm coat.
  8. Take your completed box (or boxes) to your nearest Collection Centre. St. James at the Interchange, Doncaster, is one such year round Collection Centre. The Main Reception of Doncaster Deaf School is another Collection Centre but only throughout the month of November.


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