Collecting for Operation Christmas Child 2012

On Thursday 22nd November a representative from Operation Christmas Child collected the 70 boxes that members of St. John’s had been carefully assembling, festively wrapping and bringing to church over the last few weeks.

We are delighted that despite difficult economic times we even managed to collect a few more boxes than last year.  So, well done everybody!

Your gifts will be much appreciated by the children who receive them and would otherwise have nothing to open on Christmas day.

For more information about how Operation Christmas Child works visit

You may be interested to know that, according to Samaritans Purse, last year our boxes were some “of 273,234 shoeboxes sent from the UK to children living in Belarus.” 

They went on to tell us:- 

These shoeboxes were distributed to 11 partners in locations right across the country - in Mogile, Kobrin, Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno and Molodechno as well as around the capital Minsk.  The distribution of shoeboxes often involved puppet shows, choir concerts and drama performances - much to the delight of the children.

One of our partners wrote to us: "We want to thank Samaritan's Purse for the wonderful Christmas gift boxes which helped us to open doors in many local schools and kindergartens. In one school we were told that it is a very difficult time for them and getting gifts for free means a great deal."

“One little girl called Natasha has a low immune system and eye sight problems. When she found sunglasses in her shoebox she said: 'I was praying about sunglasses, and my prayers were answered!'””

So, a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has contributed to the scheme.