When you turn on the news it is easy to get discouraged with all of the hard things that are happening in the world, especially with the COVID19 pandemic, but God is still good and He is still at work. Take a look at this video to see how a simple shoebox gift, packed with love, is changing the lives of so many children and their familes:
What are we asking of you?
- If you are able, collect a pre-printed shoe box from church or wrap one that you have at home in christmas paper.
- Decide whether you want to pack for a boy or a girl and which age range.
- Fill it with gifts. Items should be new and you will find ideas of what to pack below along with information on how to pack your box.
- Add a suggested donation of £5 - this will cover shipping costs and training and equipping local churches to deliver the Greatest Journey programme.
- Pray for the child that will be receiving your box.
- Return your box to church by 8th November. Boxes will be collected to go to the local distribution centre the following week.
If you are not able to get to church to pick up a box, or there isn't anyone who could pick one up for you, please contact the church office and we will arrange for one to be delivered to you. We appreciate that this year, due to COVID19, many people are not able to go shopping or do not feel comfotable shopping for items to pack into show boxes. If that is the case, we welcome donations of money and we will shop and pack a box on your behalf. Please feel free to write a personal message to put in the box and include with your donation. Alternatively, there is an Amazon wishlist where you can purchase items which will be delivered directly to Tammy Hughes, who is coordinating our collection.
If you are not able to commit to packing a whole box, we would also be grateful for donations of items to pack in boxes or cash donations towards purchasing gifts. There will be a basket in the Welcome Area at St John's for donations.
See here for more information on the work of Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child