Only 80 days until Christmas!!
So, as my charity thing today, I've started putting together a shoe box of good stuff for Samaritan's Purse who send boxes filled with gifts to children in poor conditions overseas.
This is the 21st year of the scheme, and with the Olympics next year, the charity has decided to ask supporters to consider sporting items as part of the gifts.
Last year, an amazing 15,300 boxes were collected from this county (Berkshire), so I hope this year's total will be better! I'm quite excited about putting this together!
Below are 5 simple steps to doing a shoebox with Operation Christmas Child:
1. Find an empty shoebox
The shoebox should ideally be medium size, as shown. Wrap the lid and the box separately in wrapping paper (before going on to insert your gifts).
2. Decide if your gift is for a boy or girl
Click here to download a copy of our boy/girl labels, as part of our online leaflet. Then tick the appropriate age box on the sticker provided, remove it from the leaflet and stick on the outside of the lid (top right). Make sure the label is secure.
3. Fill your box with gifts
You can use the gift ideas list found here for inspiration. Please DO NOT include items in the 'No Thanks' box.
4. Make your donation
We suggest a minimum of £2.50 donation per shoebox - which helps ensure your shoebox gets to where it needs to go. Please donate online if at all possible - so we can tell you where your shoebox went. If not, please complete the donation slip from the downloaded OCC leaflet, enclose a cash or cheque donation, and then place the payment/slip in your shoebox on top of the contents.
5. Drop off your shoebox
Ensure your shoebox is secured with a rubber band around the outside.Take your shoebox to your nearest drop off point between November 1st - 18th. You can use our online locator to find your nearest drop off point.