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Samaritans Purse


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  2017 we collected 224 boxes, which  went to Bosnia
. Plus we checked and sealed another 21 from Richard Bonington School.

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

Two stories from Bosnia this year.

Adnan’s football
. When Adnan’s parents divorced he was sent to live with his grandmother in a tiny one room apartment. Their lives are tough. Adnan is a very talented footballer and he has dreamt of having his own ball for a long time. Words cannot express the joy when Adnan opened his Christmas shoebox and saw a football. He
inflated the ball, ran outside and played with it for hours.

Bojan’s Story
. Bojan lives with his mother and sister who struggle financially. He loves animals. When he received a box wrapped in nice red glossy paper and
opened it he could not believe his eyes. At the top of the box there were farm animal figures! He was speechless for a moment then said ‘look, I got what I wanted the most!’ His mother smiled at him and said ‘Well, Bojan, I told you that dreams come true. God always finds a way!’ The family appreciate so much this sign of God’s love and
wanted to thank everyone involved.

Page was last altered 30 January 2018

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