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Operation Christmas Child (http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/about) is once again launching its shoebox appeal. They have been sending gift filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world since 1990 and are doing it again this year.

Last year, Mellow and I did one. I’m planning to do one with both Mellow and Jed this year. I think it’s great, it gives them a sense of responsibility and generosity. Last year, Mellow chose what he wanted to buy for his box (obviously under my supervision!) and we went together to a designated place that collected the boxes.

How to do your shoebox?

  • Find a medium size shoe box (you can even go to a shoe store and ask for an empty one). Gift wrap the box and lid separately.
  • Decide who the box is for – either a Boy or Girl and by age group.
  • Afix a label to your box (which can be downloaded from their website).
  • And then fill it! The items should be new and the website has suggested categories (such as toys, educational supplies) and examples of suitable items (such as soft toys, colouring pencils, colouring books, toothbrush and toothpaste, hat and gloves, etc.) and unsuitable items (such as food, medicine, liquids, dangerous items). They do ask for a small suggested donation of £2.50 to get the box to where it is supposed to go.

You can go on the website to find the nearest place that will collect your shoebox between 1st and 18th November. A lot of schools and churches also organize collection. If your child’s school does not do the Shoebox Appeal, then why not organise one for this great cause?

Me & The Boys