Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, brings Good News and joy to children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes.

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Since 1990, more than 168 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

At Radford Road Church we have supported Operation Christmas Child for a number of years. Many people in our congregation have lovingly filled shoeboxes with goodies to delight children who we do not know but who have experienced war, poverty, famine, disease or natural disaster.

The message is that people care and that these children and their families and local communities are in the thoughts and prayers of people in other countries throughout the world.

This year we are again filling shoeboxes with gifts for children who have little. Indeed, these boxes may be the only gift some children receive at Christmas time.

There are pre-formed boxes available in the vestibule together with leaflets describing how to fill a box. Please note that toothpaste or sweets should not be put in the boxes this year.

We hope that you will be generous this year, as always, and make every effort to fill a box or share one with a friend.

We aim to complete our boxes by early November. They will then be blessed at Sunday worship on November 17th, before being taken to a central depot for transportation.

Please speak to Veronica if you have any queries.