Staff and students at Brooke Weston are supporting Operation Christmas Child by filling shoe-boxes with goodies that will be sent to needy children around the world. The initiative, run by charity Samaritan’s Purse, is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. As well as a quality toy, donors are asked to include school supplies such as colouring pencils and pads, as well as toiletries.
All items in the box must be brand new and the box and lid should be wrapped separately as contents need to be checked at distribution centres before being transported. People can choose to fill boxes for either gender and there is a choice of age ranges to choose from so that children receive items that are age appropriate. More information can be found on the forms that are available from the Finance Office, or Miss Moore, who is co-ordinating the scheme at Brooke Weston.
She said: ‘The key thing is to wrap the box separately from the lid as the warehouse volunteers have to check the contents. You can add £3 for postage and if you do it online you can track the box to see where in the world your box has ended up. A box shouldn’t cost more than about £5 or £6 to fill as places like Asda, Poundland and Wilkinson have lots of suitable items that are quite cheap. The campaign started when people donated to the Romanian orphanages in the 1990s and since then it has grown massively. It is a way of giving children not only toys, but things they need, like toothbrushes and toiletries. All boxes need to be back in school by a deadline of 16 November. Thanks to everyone who is taking part this year, it is a really worthwhile charity.’