Every year the Samaritan’s Purse initiative sends out hundreds of shoe boxes filled with goodies for deprived children across the world, and Anglian Home Improvements head office have come together to give 7 children a brighter Christmas.
Operation Christmas Child is “a Christian relief and development organisation which works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God to children and families in need across, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.”
It is the world’s largest Christmas project, with nearly 1.2 million boxes being sent out last year, spreading joy from Crimea, Ukraine, to Krygyzstan. Not only did the boxes spread out across the world, the smiles on their little faces spread from cheek to cheek!
The shoe boxes are filled up with toys, sports items, sweets, educational supplies and hygiene items. Each box is specific to either a boy or girl and will help them lead a richer life, with toys to keep them entertained, pencils and pens to help them learn and toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap to keep them clean and free from germs.
By working with local churches across a wide area of the world, the boxes are given out to the most deprived children, regardless of their background or religious beliefs. It is an unconditional gift, that can change the attitude and happiness of everybody who receives one, as no matter their circumstances, they have not been forgotten this Christmas.
Have you taken part in Operation Christmas Child? Did you find out who got your shoe box? If you did we would love to hear your story. To share it, leave a comment in the box below.