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Operation Christmas Child

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by Luke Davies (subscribe)
Freelance Writer. Family focused, always exploring, nature connecting and an all round fun loving guy
Published September 11th 2011
Do you have a shoebox at home? Go and grab it and have a good look at it. Can you imagine your shoebox being opened by a little child living in a third world country somewhere, and instantaneously a smile comes upon their face to discover what's inside?

Operation Christmas Child
A Child's Joy

Samaritans Purse's Operation Christmas Child, have been doing just that since 1993. Every year, they facilitate an outreach program called "Operation Christmas Child."

Every year at Christmas, we gather with our friends and family to exchange gifts and celebrate during the festive season. Wouldn't it be nice to know that this year, not only will you be putting a smile on the faces of the ones that you love, but also, you can have the opportunity to put a smile on a small child's face that struggles each day to even produce a smile because of the unfortunate conditions that they are living in?

Leading up to Christmas time, people like you and I are given the chance to impact the lives of children that need impacting by doing something as simple as filling a shoebox with gifts and donating it to the Samaritans Purse The box will then be sent overseas so that it can be opened by a child who will be impacted greatly by your simple gesture.

To be a part of this annual event there are only a few requirements to meet when it comes to finding gifts to pack into your shoebox. You will need to find for the child: something to love, something for school, something to wear, something to play with, something for personal hygiene, and something special.

So, at this Christmas, won't you be like me and find the extra time to devote yourselves to packing a shoebox to donate to an organisation that has impacted the lives of over 8 million children since 1993?

You may not be able to save the entire world, but you can easily impact the lives of young children around the world.
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Why? To give at Christmas
When: Just before Christmas
Where: Everywhere
Cost: Purely up to you
Our church takes part in this regularly. This year, the supporting video included a local family watching 'their' box be opened by an excited little kid in Thailand - this was amazing to watch and a great program
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