Posted on Tuesday, December 7 2010 at 4pm
Every year the team at Operation Christmas Child send shoeboxes containing presents to
children in struggling and third world countries. The chosen country this year is Swaziland, and though the deadline for sending the shoeboxes was the
end of November, they haven't yet made their target so you can still get involved and help. To make it easier, the charity have set up a cunning programme
online so that you can put together your shoebox without even leaving the warmth of your house.
You can personalise the shoebox and choose the gender and age-range of the child who will receive it, pick out the gifts you’d like them to receive and, if you like, include a personalised message and photo.
Filling the boxes is simple, just got to the Pack Your Shoebox page and drag and drop the items that take your fancy. The gifts are divided into four categories: Hygiene, which includes things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes; Toys such as dolls, dominoes and yoyos; Educational bits and pieces such as notebooks and pencils; and Accessories such as snug knitted hats and gloves. Sadly you can’t send your own knitwear to be included if you use this method, but you can always start knitting for next year!
Operation Christmas Child aims to fill a container with 8,000 shoeboxes and send them
out to children in Swaziland. Do your bit by visiting www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/shoeboxworld