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Saturday, 6 November 2021

Operation Christmas Child 2021

It's another year where Covid-19 is still making things difficult. Being high-risk myself I decided to pack my shoeboxes online but you are still able to pack them and drop them off at many locations between the 15th and 22nd November. 

I have written posts about Operation Christmas Child for the last seven years now, and you can see all the previous ones by clicking the date; 2015201620172018 & 2019 & 2020

Packing a shoebox online is really straightforward so I thought this year I'd repost all the helpful links you may need if you were thinking about packing a shoebox yourself.

Helpful Links

Website Link: Click Here
About Samaritan's Purse: Click Here
About Operation Christmas Child: Click Here
Covid-19 Updates: Click Here
How To Pack A Shoebox: Click Here
Restricted Items: Click Here
Pack A Shoebox Online: Click Here
Make The Donation To Track Your Shoebox: Click Here

Remember, each shoebox needs a donation of £5.00 either put into the box or pre-paid online so it is able to be sent. 

Why I Pack Shoeboxes

I was unsure whether to talk about this but I really wanted to make my stance known as I received some very horrible comments and messages last year for my Operation Christmas Child post. 
There has been a lot of talk about Samaritans Purse, about sending shoeboxes and the view of "forcing religion". Although Samaritans Purse does offer enrolment into their "greatest journey" programme in which the child can receive bible lessons, it is something that the shoebox filler can add on at an additional cost. It isn't something that all children are offered by sending a shoebox. Also, as I said, it's offered. The child can say no. The parents / guardians of the child can say no. 
I also wanted to highlight the notion that offering the chance to study religion isn't a bad thing. I can understand the hesitation as to an organisation offering it. I can understand those who think it's biased because another religion isn't taught alongside it. When it comes to those children who are able to attend school, we don't know what their curriculum is. We don't know what other religions they are learning, if any. It could be that these schools are only teaching Christianity to begin with. It could be that child learns about their own religion from home. There are not that many organisations that will internationally reach like Samaritans Purse do. 
My reasoning for doing the shoeboxes is so I can give a child school supplies, small toys and hygiene products. It's baffling that in this day and age I have to write that. I don't gift the greatest journey because I'll use that money towards another shoebox. Would I gift it? No. I'm still on my own journey when it comes to religion so I don't feel comfortable not being able to give choice. However, that doesn't mean that just because the organisation was founded with Christian morals that I cannot participate in donating. As I said, I'm on my own journey and I came to question, is Sikhism for me? Judaism? Taoism? they weren't, but I still donate to their causes. And before people comment about "helping those in my own country" I do. I highlight this cause on my blog as it's worldwide and if anyone knows of any others please comment them below. That's not to say that a lot of charitable organisations don't take monetary donations, I just like the idea of being able chose the items I'm donating. 

I just want to be able to give a child a toothbrush, the tools they need to help their education and something to remind them about being a child, because gosh knows some of them had to grow up fast.

As always. thanks for reading...

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