Operation Christmas Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The 2013 campaign has now finished


In the Northamptonshire warehouse almost 8000 shoebox gifts were processed and packed into cartons ready for collection. This including over 600 boxes from Thrapston and district. On November 29th, a huge container lorry full of shoe box gifts began its long journey to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.


Thank you to all those who have filled boxes, given items to put into boxes or money to sponsor them. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity.


They are going to give so much joy to the children who receive them.
Special thanks go to Thrapston Primary School, King John School, and Vincent Sykes & Higham , our drop off point, in fact everyone who helped in any way. Well done! If you are interested in getting involved in 2014 please contact Lindsey Burch on 01832 730019
On behalf of Samaritan's Purse International we wish you a very Happy New Year.

2013 Campaign Launch 

September sees the start of our campaign in Thrapston and district to collect hundreds of shoebox gifts to send to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.

Please can we encourage you to get involved and start collecting items to pack into colourfully wrapped shoe boxes [medium sized]

Please come to our Launch Day on September 14th in St James Church from 10am. Pick up a leaflet which explains what is suitable to put in the boxes and watch a slideshow of last year’s distribution to Kyrgyzstan.[Two of us went from Thrapston!]

If you would like any more information regarding this project or if you would like posters, leaflets, shoe boxes or would like me to come to speak to your group or organisation please contact 01832 730019.

You need to have your boxes ready for November 1st.[ Don’t forget the £3 donation which helps with the cost of sending the boxes]

This year we will be having our Shoe Box Day on Saturday 26th October from 10-2pm in St James Church Hall Thrapston

Remember - your gift matters. 

Every child who receives a box knows that someone somewhere cares.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you!

Operation Christmas Child Distribution Trip March 2013

Two members of St James Thrapston, Lindsey Burch & Jean Fouhy have recently returned from a Distribution Trip to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia where they helped give out some of the shoebox gifts to needy children in churches, hospitals, orphanages and private homes. Jean actually saw some of the boxes packed by people in the area which went on the container from Northamptonshire's warehouse. They would very much like to give a presentation about the trip  to any interested groups.      

Please contact Jean on 01832 735021 

Coffee morning

We are holding a Fundraising Coffee Morning in the Church Hall on Saturday 23rd February 10am-1pm. We would value your support.    

Can we encourage you to start collecting items and shoeboxes for this year’s campaign.   

For details please speak to Cindy, Jean or Lindsey [01832 730019]

 

The 2012 campaign has now finished.

In the Northamptonshire warehouse over 9000 shoebox gifts were processed and packed into cartons ready for the lorries to collect. This including over 800 boxes from  Thrapston  and district. On December 7th, 7250 began their long journey via China to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia and 2500 shoeboxes are awaiting collection to go to Eastern Europe.

You can see amazing video reports of the distribution on the OCC website.www.operationchristmaschild.co.uk

Thank you to all those who have filled boxes,  given items to put into boxes or money to sponsor the boxes We have been overwhelmed by your generosity. I know they are going to give so much joy to the children who receive them. 

Special thanks go to Thrapston Primary School, King John School, and Vincent Sykes & Higham  and the Thrapston Centre, our drop off points. Also a big thank you to knitters who made well over 300 hats and scarves and all the helpers who processed the boxes especially here in Thrapston.  Well done!

Once again thank you for your support of Operation Christmas Child 2012.     

On behalf of Samaritan's Purse International we wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Day Saturday 27th October

10 am—2 pm in St James Church Hall.

 

Bring your shoebox gifts, sponsor a shoebox.

Fund raising stalls and tombola

Refreshments available

For details contact Lindsey Burch— 01832 730019 Leaflets and empty boxes available in Church

Everyone welcome

 

 

Operation Christmas Child Update August - November

Operation Christmas Child is one of the projects of SAMARITANS PURSE an International Relief Organisation.

This month sees the start of our campaign in Thrapston and district to collect as many filled shoebox gifts as we can to send this year to Serbia. Please can we encourage you to get involved and start collecting gifts to pack into Christmas paper wrapped shoe boxes [medium sized]

Please pick up a leaflet which explains what is suitable to put in the boxes. These are available wherever you see the shoebox poster all around the town.

This years collection dates are November 1st -18th.

Empty boxes will be available in St James Church every Saturday 10-12am or from Jean. [see number below]

If you would like any more information regarding this project or if you would like posters, leaflets or would like to borrow a DVD  for your group or organisation please contact Jean Fouhy on 01832/735021.

This year we will be having our Shoe box Day on Saturday 27th October from 10-2pm in St James’ Hall [next to the church] .

Remember - your gift matters.  Every child who receives a box knows someone somewhere cares.

Thank you

 

Operation Christmas Child July 2012

Thank you to all those individuals and businesses [too many to name here] who supported our stall at Thrapston’s Charter Fair. All money raised is to help fund the shoe box gifts to needy children in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. It costs approximately £2.50 to administer, process and deliver each box.

Please come and see us on July 21st between 10am-1pm in St James Church Hall  Thrapston for refreshments, stalls [especially cakes and plants] and information about how to get involved in this year’s campaign. It’s not too late to arrange for us to come to talk to your group or organisation. Thank you once again for your support.            

Call Jean Fouhy on 01832 735021

Operation Christmas Child Road Show Event

Wednesday 13th June 10am-12.30pm in St. James Church, Thrapston.

Come and find out what happens when the lorry loads of Christmas Shoe box gifts arrive at their destination in Eastern Europe, Africa and Central Asia.

How does this shoe box gift impact the local churches, communities and the children themselves in these countries?

Hear from team members about recent trips and the work of the charity.

Everyone is welcome! Especially those who would like to know more about what is happening locally in Northamptonshire.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Parking in the Coop Car Park in Sackville Street off Oundle Road opposite the church.

More details from Lindsey 01832 730019 or Jean 01832 735021

 

Operation Christmas Child 2012

 

"Big Smiles Greeted our Shoebox Gifts" reported the charity Samaritans Purse. Over 1.1 million boxes were collected in the UK in 2011. Such simple gifts filled with cuddly toys, stationery items, toiletries and a hand-knitted woolly hat, scarf or glove puppet bringing unconditional love and giving hope to needy boys and girls in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

Thank you once again for the 800 boxes collected in the Thrapston
district and to the volunteers who helped .That seems ages ago!
There is only 6 months to go to the start of the 2012 campaign and we are going to be so busy this summer with Jubilee and Olympics it’s not too early to start collecting.  We especially need:- medium sized shoeboxes, double knitting wool, buttons, tape, cord, press studs, needles, pins, jewellery [broken is ok]. Unwanted gifts or other items for our fundraising stalls, small soft clean cuddly toys with manufacturer’s label intact.
Thank you in anticipation for your support!
Would you like me to come to talk to your group or organisation
about  the shoebox appeal? Would you consider getting involved
yourself?  
Please call  Jean Fouhy 01832735021

 

Coffee Morning February 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child January 2012

On behalf of Samaritan's Purse International I would like to thank everyone who was involved in any way with last year’s shoebox appeal. Over 800 shoebox gifts were collected from Thrapston & district. So very well done!

But please don't forget about this amazing project & if you see something suitable please start collecting. Please carry on knitting, we never have enough hats and scarves and we can always use unwanted wool, fabric, beads, buttons and ribbons.

These simple gifts do make such a difference to the lives of the children who receive them.

If you would like to know more about the project as an individual or as a group now is the time to get in touch with me. We are holding a fundraising Coffee Morning [all funds to go to the shoeboxes] on 25th Feb. 10am-1pm in St James Church Hall Thrapston. we would value your support. 

Jean Fouhy [ 01832 735021 ]  

 

December 2011 Update

By the time you read this the 2011 campaign will have finished. In the warehouses, including ours here in Thrapston, over 8000 shoebox gifts were processed and packed into cartons ready for the lorry to collect.   On 2nd December they began their long journey to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia and the Crimean Ukraine.  

 

Thank you to all those who have filled boxes or given items to put into boxes or money to sponsor the boxes. 

I know they are going to give so much joy to the children who receive them.

A special thank you goes to all the helpers who process the boxes and especially the amazing team who made  our Shoe Box Gift Day on November 5th such a success. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity.

We have processed over 800 boxes from the Thrapston area.  WELL DONE!

Special thanks go to Thrapston Primary School, The King John School, Great Addington Primary School. Thanks also to Vincent Sykes & Higham and the Thrapston Town Council Office our drop off points.

Once again thank you for your support of Operation Christmas Child 2011.

On behalf of Samaritan's Purse International we wish you a very Happy Christmas.

 

Jean Fouhy

 

 

Operation Christmas Child in Thrapston

For the last 6 years there has been a team of people helping with processing the boxes collected in Thrapston and the surrounding area. The number we collect has been growing each year and reached almost 700 in 2010 to add to the 10,000 being processed in the Northampton warehouse and for this we thank you.    
Why not get involved yourself this year there is still time up to the 18th November! You can go online  and find out more at www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk, you can call 0870 0112002 or you can speak to  Jean Fouhy [a Registered Volunteer with the charity] on 07837084939  Please share in this opportunity to make a difference in the life of a needy child. This is the power of a simple shoe box gift!Empty boxes can be picked up on Saturdays 10-12 from St James church.
Full boxes should be taken to Vincent Sykes & Higham in Chancery Lane Thrapston, from the 1st - 18th November.We are holding a Shoe Box Day in St. James Church Hall Thrapston  [ next to the Church] from 10am-2pm on the 5th November. Please come and find out more. There will be fundraising stalls, refreshments and the opportunity to drop off your shoe box gift or sponsor a ready-made gift.      
All are very welcome. More details: 07837084939

 

Why do we need £2.50 for each box?

In order to run the OCC Campaign, the charity has to pay for promotion, transport, processing and distribution of every box. We make up a great many boxes with the items given to us and these all need a £2.50.

Fundraising Coffee Morning July 2011

Despite torrential rain we were very well supported and people enjoyed socialising after browsing through the gifts, plants & produce stalls. There was interest shown in the displays of “How to pack a shoe box” and the final updates on last year’s campaign both locally and throughout the UK. Over £350 was raised, enough to fund the £2.50 administration charge for approximately 150 boxes. Many thanks to all those who supported us. Keep up the good work only 3 months to go! OCC is just on the horizon!

Jean Fouhy

 

Operation Christmas Child

From you to a child in need ...

Operation Christmas Child is the largest children's Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. In 2010, we celebrated 20 years of this special shoebox appeal, which has already brought joy into the lives of over 80 million children worldwide. In its simplest form, it is all about a gift – given by you to a child in need. You wrap and pack it, we check and send it, and our partners overseas deliver it. It’s that simple.
Last year, over 500,000 people from right across the UK and Ireland got involved - including many churches, schools and workplaces. Children and adults alike wrapped and packed almost 1.2 million shoeboxes (from the UK) full of gifts and goodies, which were then sent to orphans and vulnerable children living in often difficult circumstances overseas. Each shoebox goes on a remarkable journey, involving children and adults wrapping and packing, an army of volunteers checking and preparing, overseas partners delivering, and the children who need them most receiving and experiencing God’s love at Christmas.


Packing a Shoe box ...

Choosing gifts to put in your shoebox is a really fun part of getting involved in Operation Christmas Child. There is something very rewarding about giving to a child you will probably never meet in this world – especially when you know your simple act of kindness will be felt and appreciated in more ways than you can ever imagine. There are lots of ideas in the leaflet together with the boy/girl stickers for your shoe box lid.

Once you have decided whether to give your shoebox to a boy or girl, you need to think carefully about gifts that would be most appropriate for the age group you have selected.

P.S. Before you spend all your money on great shoebox gifts, don't forget to put £2.50 aside for the shoebox donation. There is an envelope in the leaflet for your donation or you can pay on line. Gift aiding is very beneficial to the charity.

 

Please do not include:

Food or medicine especially chocolate; non-chocolate sweets are allowed
War related items Toy guns, soldiers or knives of any kind
Clothing other than hats gloves & scarves
Fragile items and dangerous items glass containers, mirrors, sharp objects, scissors or razors
Liquids including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols
Novels; and nothing of a political nature.
Hand knitted stuffed toys without a manufacturer’s CE mark