Operation Christmas Child

Do you go crazy at Christmas buying gifts for all of your family and friends?!  I know I do!  I love buying all of our presents and the thrill of watching my children open their gifts just makes Christmas for me.


So when I heard that a friend of mine helps to organise a local collection of shoe box gifts for children abroad that may not otherwise receive any gifts, I knew I had to get involved…

The process is pretty simple:  Get an empty medium sized shoebox, wrapping the lid and box separately in colourful wrapping paper. Attach the appropriate boy/girl label, select an age category (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14) and attach the label to the top of your shoebox.

Now for the fun part!

Fill with gifts!  Add a ‘wow’ item such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies.

My children are going to be involved in chosing our gifts – they have decided we are going to buy for a boy, probably the same age as them which will make the present buying process much easier for us.  I’ve explained the basic reasons to them, but at 5 years old they struggle to really understand why a child somewhere in the world may not receive any other presents… I’m hoping that if we do this every year, as they grow older they will understand and look forward to finding out where our box has been delivered to.


When your box is ready simply place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and take it to a local drop-off location between 1st – 18th November. Your nearest drop-off point will be listed on the Samaritans Purse website from October onwards.

I’m sure there are many charities arranging similar Christmas boxes, maybe you would like to get involved this year…


If you are local to Watford or Rickmansworth and would like to get involved please contact Kelly at kelly@mojomums.co.uk

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