Operation Christmas Child calling for donations to help make Christmas a special time for children

  • Shoeboxes full of gifts to be created for Samaritan's Purse
  • Gifts to be given to children in poverty in more than100 countries over festive period
  • You can donate items to boxes in the Geoffrey Manton building 

The charity Samaritan’s Purse is calling on people to donate items for Operation Christmas Child, its annual festive appeal.

The idea is to create a selection of Christmas presents to send to children in poverty across the globe to bring festive cheer to those less fortunate.

The public being are encouraged to donate items to the shoeboxes by 18 November so they can be sent off to arrive in time for Christmas.

Shoebox distribution in Cambodia, courtesy of Samaritan's Purse
Shoebox distribution in Cambodia, courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Students and staff at Man Met can hand in their donations at the student hub in Geoffrey Manton along with a £5 donation for postage and packing.

So, what should you put in the box? Samaritan’s Purse’s main guideline is that it’s fun!

They recommend donating toys like yo-yos or skipping ropes as well as creative items like chalk or colouring pencils and items to love such as dolls or teddy bears.

They also recommend more practical items like toothbrushes, clothes and learning materials like exercise books.

Shoebox distribution in Moldova, courtesy of Samaritan's Purse
Shoebox distribution in Moldova, courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

There are some items that should not be included, such as anything relating to war (toy soldiers, or toy army trucks), religious items and perishables like food.

For more guidance on how to donate, visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.