Children’s charity campaign

Operation Christmas Child, the annual children’s charity campaign, is set to launch in Aberdeenshire from September 24th onwards and is looking to local supporters to continue with their generosity in providing shoeboxes filled with gifts for children who are facing life in extremely poor conditions in several overseas countries.

Scotland Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child, Chris Thomson said: “We are one of the UK’s largest annual children’s charity projects, distributing over one million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children at Christmas time last year. 2011 is the twenty first year of Operation Christmas Child and the level of support from across the county is vital to the continued success of the project and we know we can count on people’s big-heartedness even in difficult economic times.

“Last year we received shoeboxes from supporters in a wide range of communities, including Aberdeen, Banchory, Buckie, Deeside, Elgin, Ellon, Forres, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Stonehaven and Westhill and gift-filled shoeboxes were distributed to vulnerable children in Belarus and Crimea. It’s wonderful to think that we are a small part of such a large global project that is doing so much good for millions of children.”

Operation Christmas Child is an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief and development organisation, and anyone wishing to participate in this year’s shoebox campaign should visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk or contact the Helpline on 0870 011 2002.

They will receive a simple set of instructions explaining what to do. The guidelines suggest what to put in a shoebox, how to pack it, and where to send it for collection and onward transportation. A £2.50 contribution is requested towards promotion, processing, UK transportation and shipping and shoeboxes should be ready by November 18th at the latest.