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Operation Christmas Child

Once again, The Beaconsfield School is aiming to put together Christmas boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child.

Once again, The Beaconsfield School is aiming to put together Christmas boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child.  This is the fourth year that we have been part of this scheme.  Last year the students managed to put together 119 boxes taken to children in parts of the world where otherwise they would not have received any Christmas presents.  The students have been shown film footage of boxes arriving at various destinations and the sheer joy on the recipient's faces when they open boxes full of goodies is very thought provoking and is humbling when we take so much for granted. 

All your son/daughter needs is £3.00 (this goes towards transportation) and an empty shoe box which they, along with their friends, can fill up with a variety of presents either for a girl or a boy (pens, notepads, soaps, etc.).  More details below.  They can decorate their box, wrapping the lid and the box separately and then secure with an elastic band round the whole box. 

I do hope that you will be able to support us with this venture as we are aiming to exceed last year’s total.  We would be grateful for the boxes to be returned by Friday, 14th November.  Please indicate whether it is for a boy or girl. 

Further details from the organisers:-

Choosing gifts to put in your shoebox is a fun part of getting involved in Operation Christmas Child. There is something 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 imagine.

Once you have decided whether your shoebox is for a boy or girl and what age group, you need to think carefully about gifts that will be most appropriate for the age group you've selected.

P.S. Before you spend all your money on great shoebox gifts, don't forget to put £3.00 aside for the shoebox donation for every shoebox you donate.

Toys: Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument, trucks, cars, dolls, clip on earrings, etc...

Education Items: Calculator, 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 Thanks! Please note the items we do not wish to be included in the shoeboxes:

No Food - particularly chocolate (non-chocolate sweets are allowed)

No medicine - or vitamins of any kind

No war related items - toy guns, play 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

No books with many words  -  Nothing of a political nature

No hand-made stuffed toys without a CE mark. For knitted items that we can accept, please visit our knitting patterns page.