Operation Christmas Child

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I have knitted beanies and hats for my little family over the last few years. They have worn them once, maybe twice and then the articles have ended up in the ‘never to wear again’ box. I still have quite a bit of yarn left and last week I picked up blue and white and declared I would knit my husband a scarf. He does not like blue. It is the colour of the rival states Rugby League team. He told he would wear it at least once. I took the scarf off the loom. That is when I decided, I would knit for Operation Christmas Child.

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The Scarf

Every year the Craft Club women at church knit little beanies and toys to put in the shoeboxes. They display their items on the table and whoever wants it can take it. This year, I will be making my own. Considering the boxes get collected in October, I have time.

children stacking boxes at church in 2013

children stacking boxes at church in 2013

So what is Operation Christmas Child? It is the brainchild of a charity organisation called Samaritan’s Purse. They put out a call every year for people to collect items for children that would fit in a shoebox and drop it off or send it to one of the collection points. These boxes are then taken over to be given to thousands of children who would otherwise not receive a Christmas present.

There is a definite guide to how you pack the box. Follow this link to the Australian site for a .pdf file for ideas. There is a request to include a processing fee for the boxes. In Australia, it is $9 and I believe in the US, it is $7. Samaritan’s Purse, however, often receive boxes without any money in it and they still send those boxes to the children. They have to recover the cost through their normal donations.

Operation Christmas Child Australia & New Zealand

Operation Christmas Child USA

Operation Christmas Child UK

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