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Posted by: Pupils | 23 Feb 2014

Operation Christmas Child
142 Shoeboxes Collected!

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest children's Christmas project, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. They have been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, bringing joy and the hope of Jesus Christ into the lives of over 100 million underprivileged children.

CFS have been supporting Operation Christmas Child for a number of years. This year, we donated a total of 142 shoeboxes. Every year, CFS pupils take the time to fill a shoebox with gifts, wrap it in colourful wrapping paper and bring it into school were the boxes are stacked in the Lower School assembly area. Finally, the collection day arrives and a volunteer from OCC comes in a van to collect our boxes. A class is then chosen to help load the shoeboxes into the van.

In addition to donating the boxes, 9 pupils from Years 6, 7 and 8 went to the OCC warehouse in Speke, Liverpool, to assist volunteers in sorting and packing the boxes. In an interview, the Year 6 pupils said that they found the warehouse to be quite small, very focused and organised. The pupils arrived at the warehouse by car, went inside and unloaded approximately 470 shoeboxes from vans and sorted them into boy/girl groups and placed them into caged trolleys. The trolleys were then pushed to another area, unloaded and sorted into gender and age.

The boxes were opened and the contents were checked. Expiry dates for sweets had to exceed March 2014. If items were removed because they were unsuitable, new items were placed into the boxes so the children didn't miss out.  When the boxes were checked, they were sealed and loaded into vans.  Some of the boxes checked and loaded on that day were being shipped to Zambia.

Thank you for all your support.

David Tonge