Let’s fill 100m shoeboxes!

SAMARITAN’S Purse is calling on all churches, schools, workplaces, families and individuals in County Down to help achieve a remarkable milestone, that of delivering their 100 millionth gift-filled shoebox during this year’s Operation Christmas Child (OCC) campaign.

County Down Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child, Linda Thompson said: “We are one of the UK’s largest annual children’s charity projects, distributing over one million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children at Christmas time last year.

“We are already finding throughout County Down many individuals and groups are creatively going the extra mile in a number of ways including hosting coffee mornings, special concerts and shoebox parties. It’s a great way to get people together and pack their shoeboxes and it’s really helping us towards our 100 million challenge.”

Samaritan’s Purse has also come up with another creative idea by asking everyone to email photographs of them holding up the shoeboxes they’ve packed, which will form one giant mosaic on the charity’s Facebook page of a child overseas holding their shoebox.

Find out how you can be part of the 100 Million Shoebox Challenge by visiting www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk for instructions on how to complete a gift-filled shoebox in time for the November 18th deadline.