The power of a shoe­box to help change lives of chil­dren in need

From our spon­sor: Sim­ple Re­cruit­ment

Bath Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

This Christ­mas, Sim­ple Re­cruit­ment is de­lighted to be in­volved with Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse – Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child. Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse is an in­ter­na­tional relief and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion that works through lo­cal churches in Africa, East­ern Europe and Cen­tral Asia. Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is a project which Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse have been run­ning ev­ery year since 1990, gift­ing un­priv­i­leged chil­dren around the world with present-filled Christ­mas shoe­boxes, wrapped and packed by chil­dren and adults in the UK. The boxes are filled with items such as toys, colour­ing books, school sup­plies, hats/scarfs, hy­giene items and per­sonal notes along with a small do­na­tion of £5 to cover project costs, in­clud­ing ship­ping, to en­able a lo­cal church or group over­seas to lead a safe, well-or­gan­ised chil­dren’s event where the shoe­box will be given to a child in need. As well as send­ing shoe­boxes over­seas, Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse is meet­ing the phys­i­cal needs of vic­tims of war, famine, nat­u­ral disas­ter and dis­ease with aid and as­sis­tance be­ing given with­out re­gard to the race, creed, gen­der, re­li­gion or eth­nic­ity of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Sim­ple Re­cruit­ment has been drop­ping off pre-printed shoe­boxes to other busi­nesses/in­di­vid­u­als in Mid­somer Nor­ton and the sur­round­ing ar­eas who have also cho­sen to get in­volved with the project. They are aim­ing to col­lec­tively fill 100 shoe­boxes by ear­lymid Novem­ber, ready for them to be shipped to more than 100 coun­tries. Since Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child be­gan in 1990, the lives of more than 157mil­lion chil­dren in more than 160 coun­tries have been im­pacted through the power of a sim­ple shoe­box.

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