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Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas appeal, made possible through the support of thousands of children and adults in the UK. Last year over 1.2 million shoeboxes were sent to children in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Operation Christmas Child takes  the gift-filled shoebox - packed, wrapped and taken to one of local drop off points - and then hand delivers it to a child, asking nothing from them in return.

Shoeboxes are given to children in need, with no regard to their background or beliefs. The charity works with local partners on the ground to ensure that the gift-filled shoeboxes are delivered with respect to the local culture. Where culturally appropriate, our overseas partners will make available a booklet of Bible stories

Every year St. Mary's supports the Operation Christmas Child appeal  by helping to arrange the collection of boxes from local schools and other organisations, which are then checked before taking to a Collecting Hub in Nottingham.

This Christmas  2016 we collected 228 boxes, which  went to Swaziland and Ukraine
. Plus we checked and sealed another 35 from Richard Bonington School and 50 from Woodborough Woods.

Collecting our shoe boxes for next Christmas starts in October/ November. Simply collect a leaflet from the back of church or ring me and I will get some to you. For further information please contact Andrea Sands Tel 0115 920 2023 or email:

In order to reach their destinations, the shoe boxes need to be in church before the last week of November. Please help make a child’s dreams come true next Christmas.

For more information about the work of Samaritan's Purse, please go to their website

Samaritans Purse

A Story from Belarus

“God really had a special purpose for that shoebox!” This shoebox was the smallest and it was plain and grey. It arrived at an orphanage in Belarus and was handed to a small boy on crutches. He pulled out a soft, cuddly grey mouse. Laughing, he hugged the mouse close to his cheek and began to look through the rest of the contents. Everything inside the shoebox was grey and yet the little boy’s smile grew wider and wider. Intrigued, the distributor asked him if he liked his shoebox. With a huge smile the little boy explained, “Grey is my favourite colour and I had dreamed about getting a cuddly grey mouse. I want him to sleep on my pillow at night. I know this grey shoebox was especially made for me!”

Page was last altered 9 January 2017

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