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Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Children’s project, run by the Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan’s Child.

This is your opportunity to make a special connection with a child overseas by giving a shoebox gift from your hands into theirs.  So wrap a medium sized shoebox and fill it with great little gifts. (Flat pack shoeboxes are available from Nicky Craig on 01837 889118 or from Lower Trecott). It is then sent overseas and distributed to children based on need, regardless of their background or religious belief.  It is an unconditional gift, asking for nothing in return.

Boxes need to be filled and left at St Andrew’s Church, Sampford Courtenay in time for the 9.30am Family Service on 1st  November or at Lower Trecott.

Leaflets giving details of what can and what cannot be put into the boxes are in all four churches in the Benefice.  It is vital that you follow the instructions on the leaflet to avoid an otherwise great deal of time by volunteers sorting them out!  Certain things cannot be sent because of import and export regulations, most particularly this year no toothpaste or sweets, seeds, liquids including bubbles

Things to include;

Toys - a cuddly toy, truck, skipping rope. Yoyo, ball, puzzles, mouth organ, beach ball.

School supplies; pens, eraser, crayons, notebooks.

Hygiene items; toothbrush, wrapped soap, comb, hairbrush, flannel.

Other items; hat, gloves, scarf, sunglasses, jewellery sets, hair accessories.


A few Do’s and Don’ts : 


  • Secure the box with 2 elastic bands - not ribbon or string
  • Remove the price tags
  • Make sure all gifts are brand new
  • Include a major toy
  • Indicate the age and gender of the child
  • Include £5 to cover delivery costs (Give online and follow your box to its destination)
  • Read the instructions


  • Cover the boxes right over after filling
  • Wrap contents individually
  • No scissors, toothpaste, sweets, liquids, toy guns etc
  • No clothes except hats, gloves, scarves
  • Only half fill the box

    Thank you.