Shoebox sorting

Has anyone out there heard of Operation Christmas Child? It’s run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse with the aim to provide children who would not normally have presents at Christmas with a shoebox full of goodies.

Around the UK (I’m pretty sure this sort of thing goes on overseas too but probably by a different name) people fill shoeboxes with little presents and they all get taken to a warehouse where the boxes are checked before being sent overseas to the children they will be gifted to.

I mention this because I started helping in my local warehouse this week. Shoeboxes were arriving from local schools and businesses and were being stacked up ready to be checked.

This is what the warehouse looked like this week.



There is another warehouse next to ours which also has shoeboxes in waiting for their turn to be checked.

There are strict rules about what can and can’t be sent so volunteers go through each box removing anything which is not allowed and replacing it with ‘spares’ which are provided by generous people.

And this is the table where we sort…


I really enjoy helping, we all have a good laugh and it’s nice to know we are a small part in a larger chain which shows people that they are not forgotten.

So a BIG thank you to everyone who supports initiatives like this, from the people who make up the boxes, to the people who collect, check, transport and deliver the boxes to children around the world.

Until next time,

Chris x

Just in case you’re wondering, anything that gets removed from the boxes is given to other charities so nothing is wasted.

3 thoughts on “Shoebox sorting

  1. Thank you Chris. I had heard of schemes like this but quite stupidly it had not registered what a massive undertaking it must be. Well done to you and everyone else involved. xx

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