This year is the 26th year of operation Christmas Child and the charity has been revisiting some of the first countries which received boxes at the start.
Further details here - about what to include
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child’s mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
They ask that you fill a shoe box with, stationery, toys, hygiene items, gloves, hat or scarf and sweets, provided that the sell by date is not before March 2016. Please do not include chocolate, battery toys, liquids, scissors or guns.
There is a leaflet at the Methodist church reminding you of these things. It also includes labels for your box so that you can show if your gifts are more suitable for a girl or boy. The age groups are 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 years.
We need all boxes at the church by Nov. 24th. You can leave your box in the church at any service time as well as during hairdressing salon opening hours (Weds, Thurs and Friday afternoons).
If you donate money online you can learn where your box is sent. Otherwise you are asked to contribute £3.00 towards the transport costs. This money is removed when the boxes are checked so that there is no temptation for officials to refuse the lorries admittance to their countries. Last year we sent about 40 boxes from Whitacre and will be grateful for all donations this year. We already have quite a pile of boxes but please remember the deadline this year is November 24th.