Sunday, 24 November 2013

Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse

It’s Shoebox World time again!

Over the past 23 years, through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes in over 100 countries.

While the ‘window’ for dropping off shoeboxes is now closing, it’s not too late for people across the country to send gift filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world this Christmas!

People can still take part through Shoebox World – a fun and interactive programme to create a shoebox online. It’s a quick and easy way to create a shoebox gift for a child overseas!

People can choose from a great selection of toys, education supplies, hygiene accessories and other items. Samaritan’s Purse volunteers will then place the chosen gifts in decorated shoeboxes and send them for distribution overseas to vulnerable children, boys and girls between 2 and 14 years of age. Gift-filled shoeboxes created online can also include a personalised message and/or a photo for the child receiving their shoebox, a simple thing to do but something that makes each shoebox so special, so memorable.

Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director Simon Barrington said: “We want to tell children receiving these shoeboxes that, whatever their circumstances, people in the UK do care about them and are thinking about them this Christmas.”

People wanting to create a shoebox online through Shoebox World need simply go to

Notes to Editor:

Operation Christmas Child Facts:

Operation Christmas Child is a global children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes containing school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement to let hurting children know God loves them and they are not forgotten.

In 2012, Operation Christmas Child reached a significant milestone— delivering the 100 millionth gift-filled shoebox since the project began in Wrexham, in 1990.

Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts are collected in the UK, United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, New Zealand and Spain.

About Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan's Purse (UK) is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in need in 18 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

To find out more about Samaritan’s Purse in the UK, visit

For any media enquiries contact:
Peter Wooding, Samaritan's Purse UK Media Officer
Tel: 01244 549167
Contact information: Peter Wooding, Samaritan's Purse International Relief, Victoria House, BUCKHURST HILL, IG9 5EX