St Thomas’s Church has a long-standing affiliation and commitment to Operation Christmas Child UK (OCC).
Each year, the Junior Church fills tens of shoeboxes with gifts kindly donated and made by members and friends of church. These boxes of joy are then transported to all corners of the globe for children who, for them, a simple shoebox brings warmth and love.
Operation Christmas Child wants boys and girls around the world to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them during this time of fear and uncertainty. Children need great joy now more than ever.
Sadly, due to the pandemic, we will not be able to fill shoeboxes and send them in the usual way however we can all still support from home. There are two options; you can build a shoebox online or pack a traditional box and post to OCC.
By packing a shoebox online, OCC will pack a box for you based on gift selections you make. You can even include a note and photo to personalise your gift. Visit: https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/step/1 to start building your online shoebox.
Alternatively, you can pack a traditional box and post your shoebox gift to: Operation Christmas Child, Unit 1, Junction 2 Industrial Estate, Demuth Way, Oldbury, B69 4LT. You must still complete the online form where you can prepay and print off a tracking barcode: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/follow-your-box-donation/.
Thank you for continuing to support, in a different way, our church outreach in sending shoeboxes of love and joy to children across the world.