I remember when I was at school each Christmas in about October time we used to wrap up and decorate a shoe box and fill the box with small gifts which would be sent to a less fortunate child abroad. When I left primary school at 11 this stopped and in all honesty I forgot all about it, but last week I came across Operation Child.
Operation Child is run by the Samaritans and is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project where your gift, filled shoe box is shipped off and sent to a child in need. I know at Christmas I am so wrapped up in the copious amount of chocolate, spending time with my loved ones and giving out gifts which I have been buying since about September, and I don’t think about those worse off. A shoe box full of small gifts (which don’t need to be expensive) can make such a difference to a child.
When you make your shoe box there are certain things they suggest putting in there like bars of soap, pads and pens, small toys, and similarly there are things which you can’t send such as chocolate, liquids and anything which looks religious. But you can choose whether you’re doing a box for a boy or a girl and which age group they fall into (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14).
Gifts really don’t cost a lot because they’re things we take for granted so I went into my local pound shop and bought a host of gifts to send along. Once you’re done you can choose to drop your shoebox to a drop off point and end there or you can choose to pay the £3 postage it costs to send, and by doing this you’ll add a bar-code and be able to track where your box ends up which I think is a cool idea.
This cost me under £15 in total which is what i’d spend on a trip to Nandos or a new lipstick, and for this I have created a Christmas present for a child who would otherwise not have anything. A real feelgood factor.
If you do want to take part you only have until 18th November to drop your box off (drop off opens on 1st). You can get more information here on what to send and where to drop your box off.