Yo folks! Tis the start of school again, which means G7Teen is back on this Sunday in the Barn at the usual time. It also means the countdown to Christmas officially begins! So this week we will be filling shoeboxes once more, so come armed with shoeboxes and some of the following items listed below ready to fill some boxes.
Last year we managed to send 11 boxes and they went to children in Bosnia. Each box itself costs £2.50 to ship so please bring that as well. Even if we don’t fill as many boxes as we have £2.50s the money will still be going to a great cause. So check the guide below, think of the different age groups and gender you want to aim for and let’s see if we can beat last year’s total! Anyone other than G7Teeners reading this and wanting to donate wrapping paper, shoeboxes and any items please feel free to leave these in Charing Church at the rear of the church and we will pick them up in time for Sunday. I know there’s a lot of lovely people out there who capture the spirit of this and we are grateful for your support!
So, here goes…
Toys: Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument. For boys; trucks and cars, for girls; dolls, clip on earrings, etc.
Educational Supplies: Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, etc.
Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel, etc.
Other Items: Sweets (sell-by date to be at least March of the following year), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces etc.
All gifts should be new, please include items from each category.
No Food especially chocolate – non-chocolate sweets are allowed
No medicine or vitamins of any kind
No war related items toy guns, soldiers or knives of any kind
No clothing other than listed above.
No fragile items e.g. glass containers, mirrors.
No liquids including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols.
No dangerous items sharp objects, scissors or razors
Nothing of a political nature.
No hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark
See images below for age groups. All images and labels can be downloaded from their website – http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk
Shipping donations can also be made online at the same address.
We’ll leave you with a little story about a woman shopping in Tesco’s for Operation Christmas Child. She had gathered lots of items such as pencils, erasers, small toys, felt tips pens, toothbrushes etc, and we she got to the check-out the cashier asked her if she was having a party. The lady replied that she was filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. At this the cashier burst into tears and explained that she was originally from Albania and that her children had received such boxes. Overwhelmed by the reaction of the cashier and meeting such a person who had benefitted from it the lady also shed a tear or two. Both ladies hugged and wept and a friendship was formed.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”