Shoebox drop-off point at library

A child receives a shoe box from Operation Christmas Child
A child receives a shoe box from Operation Christmas Child

Buckingham Town Council is once again collecting filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this year.

Under the scheme, people decorate a medium-sized shoebox and fill it with gifts for a child and Christian international relief charity Samaritan’s Purse ships the shoeboxes to underprivileged children in other countries.

Leaflets explaining what to do are available in Buckingham Library.

These include a label you will need for the shoebox, stating whether it is for a boy or a girl and what agegroup the contents are suitable for.

The charity also asks for a minimum £3 shipping donation per box, which can be placed inside the box or donated online at www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk

Boxes can include items such as pens, pencils and calculators, hygiene items such as a bar of soap, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as small toys, sweets, bangles, gloves, hats, etc.

Filled shoeboxes can be dropped off in the library during opening hours in the first three weeks of November.

The library is open from 9.30am from Tuesday to Saturday. It closes at 5pm on Saturdays, 5.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 7pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

If you want to track where your box is sent, you can make your donation on the Samaritans Purse website and print off a barcode which you place inside the shoebox .

Shoeboxes are collected from drop-off points such as the library and taken to processing centres, where they are checked by a volunteer to ensure all contents are appropriate for children and meet the customs requirements of the receiving countries.

Hundreds of trucks and sea containers then take the millions of shoeboxes to the receiving countries, where they are delivered to local churches and ministry partners to distribute to children in need.