Operation Child: Give A Gift To Those Less Fortunate

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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.

Have you ever done anything like this?
October 29, 2015
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24 Comments

  • Reply Rebecca

    This is an absolutely beautiful idea, i've been looking for something like this as I fondly remember putting shoeboxes together at school! I will certainly be putting together one of these, thanks for sharing! xx

    October 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      As soon as I saw the advert for it the memories of being at school doing them came flooding back. Have fun creating yours! x

      October 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Imogen Walker

    I remember doing these as a kid! I didn't know you could do them through the Samaritans as an adult. Off to find a shoebox!
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

    October 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      That was the hardest thing for me finding the right sized shoebox haha! x

      October 29, 2015 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Tori Gabriel

    This is a gorgeous idea! A lot of people seem to do it where I live as they pop into the shop I work in and ask what I suggest for the boxes. I'm going to get my kids to do this each year. What a great idea!

    October 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It's such a lovely thing for kids to do to remind them that there are children out there with a whole lot less than them! x

      October 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Bexx Hillman

    I remember doing this at school when I was little! Such a wonderful idea, I think I'm going to do one this year. Thank you for sharing! x

    October 30, 2015 at 9:33 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      You're more than welcome, it was such a great idea I had to share it! x

      October 30, 2015 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Beautykinguk

    This is such a good idea. I know whenever the wife does the shopping and an item we use is on an offer of sorts, the spare one, so to speak, goes in the food bank bin.

    October 30, 2015 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      That's a lovely idea! It reminds me of harvest festival at school when we'd all take in food to donate! x

      October 30, 2015 at 10:20 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    What a lovely idea, as you say, the amount is what would be spent on a trip to a fast food place, this is so much more rewarding.

    October 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Rachel Spiteri

    This is such a lovely idea! Great post 🙂

    Rachel | Beauty and the Bird

    October 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Working Mum Blog

    What a great initiative! It's not something I have heard about but one I would love to take part in. I will introduce to work as would love to get a few more people involved. Cheers for sharing! #UKbloggers

    October 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It is such a great thing to introduce at work, the more people involved the better x

      October 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Amanda Crichton

    I haven't done anything like this since I was quite young. What a thoughtful idea during the holiday season! xx

    October 31, 2015 at 9:58 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Before this year I hadn't since I was at primary school either x

      October 31, 2015 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Abbigayle Warner

    Such a great idea ! Very thoughtful of you !!! It's awesome !!

    October 31, 2015 at 10:40 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks 🙂 I'm just so glad I stumbled onto the page x

      October 31, 2015 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Rebecca Powell

    This is a lovely idea! We often forget the less fortune than ourselves at christmas!
    Becca

    http://www.QueenBeeBecca.com

    October 31, 2015 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Completely agree, we all get too wrapped up in the Christmas excitement x

      November 1, 2015 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Stella Olojola

    Wow great idea. I need to remember this post this Christmas.

    October 31, 2015 at 9:31 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      You've only got about 10 days before the deadline so you better get in quick x

      November 1, 2015 at 1:17 am

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