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Your chance to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas

When Paul and I weren’t zombifying ourselves or panicking about NaNo, we were working on our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. An organisation called Samaritan’s Purse collects shoeboxes full of simple gifts including toys, sweets and toiletries for disadvantaged children aged between 2 – 14 years in developing nations from Azerbijan to Mozambique.

Although Samaritan’s Purse is a faith-based organisation, they don’t press religion onto the recipients of the shoeboxes. The kids who receive the boxes have nothing and the idea of managing to put a smile on the face of a little person was irresistible… so off we went on a tour around Southside Mall to find our goodies. We both picked children aged 2 – 4, a boy for Paul and a girl for me.

This is what went into our boxes:

My box

  • Two small notebooks
  • Butterfly and flower stickers
  • A kiddie toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Some pencil crayons
  • A heart-shaped sponge
  • Some rose scented soap
  • A bag of Haribo Goldbears
  • A pair of maracas
  • A pair of pink gloves
  • A matching hat and scarf
  • A set of animal finger-puppets

Paul's box

  • A couple of notebooks
  • The world’s cutest stuffed elephant
  • A kiddie toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A canvas turtle that you decorate yourself
  • A matching hat and scarf
  • A bar of apple scented soap
  • A blue flannel
  • A packet of juicy berry sweets

If you want to put together a little shoebox of your own, even just as an excuse to relive your own childhood, check out the OCC website and get creative!