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Friday, 14 November 2014

Operation Christmas Child

I was going to include this in my weekly round up, but instead I thought I would write it in a post of it's own so it's less likely to be over looked. My posts tend to be a little long, so I imagine a lot of people tl;dr them. 

I've always wanted to take part in Operation Christmas Child, but every year Christmas tends to just come out of nowhere for me and I always end up missing the date. The lovely Dee reminded me of it this year when she wrote a post about it. I thought this year would end up another year I'd be unable to participate as being disabled it's difficult for me to get out to buy stuff and such on a whim. I looked up and found out the boxes have to be dropped off by the 18th of November, so it definitely was looking like I'd ran out of time. 

If you're unaware of what Operation Christmas Child is, it's basically a scheme set up by a charity called Samaritans Purse in which you fill a shoebox with little gifts for a boy or girl of a particular age range (2-4, 5-9, 10-14). You then drop it off at a designated drop off point and they send them to disadvantaged children in countries such as Serbia, Haiti and Romania. You can watch a video on how to pack a shoebox here.

Like I said, I figured I'd left it a little late to do that, but when I was on their website reading about it I noticed they had a Build A Shoebox Online: Shoebox World option. For £15 + £3 for shipping you can fill a shoebox online, picking from a small assortment of items. 

I know it might seem a little less fun, but I thought it was a great way for someone like me who finds it difficult to get out to still take part and do a little good. Plus there's no worry that I'd include something I shouldn't have!

So tonight I took a minute to pack my box. I decided to pick the 10-14 age bracket as I figure a lot of people probably pick the younger kids. I went with a shoebox for a girl. I don't really know why. I think I'll make this a new tradition and switch gender every year. I put in the essentials you have to add which are Soap, Flannel, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hairbrush, Colouring pencils, Eraser, Pencil Sharpener, Colouring Pad, Notebook, Sweets. For the large toy I added the little doll you can see pictured above. You then add three small toys, of which I picked the skipping rope, the Yoyo and the Etch-A-Sketch. Finally you add three accessories which you can't see pictured above. I added a hat, a necklace and some rubber band bracelets. Once you've packed your box, you can then add a photo of yourself and a little message. 

So yeah, my first year I've actually managed to take part. It might not be the most conventional way, but like I said, I think it's great for people who find it difficult to get out or even if they've just left it a bit too late like me! 

Also, although it's run by a religious organisation, I wouldn't let that put you off. I'm the least religious person, but the important part is making a child's Christmas. I really hope whoever ends up getting my box thoroughly enjoys it.


  1. Awww, you sweetheart! I'm so proud that you managed to do it this year. They're always really happy when someone does a shoe-box! I only hand it in because my local church takes the boxes! :D xx

    1. Thank you! I was really glad I was able to do it. I also liked that you got a choice of what you put in and stuff. Felt a little more involved. Maybe next year I'll do it at home though. It's good to have this option though. :) xo


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