November Gathering — Operation Christmas Child

Our next gathering will be Monday Novemeber 3rd at 7:30pm at Tammy Eilers’ home. At this meeting we will be putting together shoe boxes full of goodies for Operation Christmas Child.

Here is some info from the website, although please make sure to actually take a look at the website for other helpful information about what to put in the boxes and what not to put in the boxes, etc.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

This annual project enables caring individuals, families, schools, churches, businesses, and other organisations to fill ordinary shoe boxes with small toys, school supplies, sweets, and other gifts for needy children around the world. Operation Christmas Child sends a message of hope to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. Since 1990 the project has brought the joy of Christmas to more than 60 million boys and girls throughout the world. Last year we sent 1.30 million shoe boxes from the UK to children in hospitals, orphanages, Internally Displaced Persons camps, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods. With your help we want to reach even more children in the poorest parts of the world in 2008.

What to pack in the boxes:

All items should be new. Please include items from each category. Remember to make your box both FUN and EDUCATIONAL!

yesTOYS – something to love
Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument, (for boys – trucks and cars, for girls – doll, clip-on earrings, make-up or hair accessories) etc.

yesEDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES – something to do
Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, colouring book,notepad, picture/puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers etc.

yes HYGIENE ITEMS – something to use
Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of wrapped soap, flannel etc.

yes OTHER ITEMS – something to eat or wear
Sweets (sell-by date to be at least March of following year), gloves, scarf. sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces etc.

In addition to the things mentioned above and on the website, please also bring if you have them:

  • extra shoe boxes
  • tape
  • wrapping paper

If this will be your first meeting, please do not feel like you need to bring anything along. We would just be happy to meet you!

If anyone has any questions or need directions, please feel free to call Rachel Green at 01224 492489. Alternatively you can email Kate Ellis at

Hope to see you there!


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