As part of our ‘Love Project’ for the Autumn term we are asking families to support Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organisation. After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “go and do likewise.” This is the mission of Samaritan’s Purse – to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.
Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse aims to provide children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster or famine with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. This year, in conjunction with Christ Church, we have provided each class with five Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. We are asking for children to bring in a couple of items suitable for boys or girls between the ages of 5 and 9 to fill these boxes. Please find a list of gift suggestions below or alternatively look on the Samaritan’s Purse website:
All items need to be brought into school by Monday 14th November. Thank you in advance for your support.
Toys: dolls, stuffed animal or toy, small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder), small foam football or tennis ball, finger puppets, slinky, etch A Sketch, skipping rope, Play-Doh, small puzzles, costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewellery, plastic toys and toy figures, yo-yo, small frisbee, small kite.
Hygiene Items: comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, flannel, bar soap (packaged and/or in a container), reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space), non-liquid lip balm, solar powered torch, compact mirror.
School Supplies: pencils, small manual pencil sharpener, ruler, eraser, coloured pencils, pencil case, crayons, felt pens, colouring pads, colouring books, picture book, notebooks, glue stick (Do not include liquid glue), small adhesive tape, watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper), chalkboard and chalk, geometry set, pre-inked stampers.
Other: hat/scarf/mittens, sunglasses, small bag/purse, hair bows or clips, friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread), make-it-yourself craft items or kit, binoculars, a personal note and photo.
Please do not include: Toothpaste, sweets, lotions and liquids; used or damaged items; war-related items; seeds, gum, chocolate or food items; religious or political literature; medicines, aerosol cans, sharp or fragile items.