Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

With the strange weather that we are having this Summer it is perhaps not that surprising that some of us are already thinking of Christmas!

OCC is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project and is a Christian organisation. “Each shoebox is an unconditional gift, given to a child with nothing asked for, or expected in return; no pledges, no obligation to go to church or attend classes; ‘no strings attached’. These shoebox gifts are an expression of God’s love to us, and the gift of His Son Jesus at Christmas.” (Quote from the OCC web-site).

Since 1990 the project has brought the joy of Christmas to more than 100 million boys and girls throughout the world. Last year the total number of boxes sent from the UK was 850,638; this year we would like that number to be 1,000,000!

Do you have a child or children at school? If so please ask if the school will be “doing boxes” this year when they go back to school. Of course you do not need to have children to fill shoeboxes – they will bring joy to both the giver and receiver whether you are 3 or 103 and you do not need to take them to a school – there are drop off points throughout the Wirral.

Many of the churches on Wirral are already actively involved in OCC. If you attend a church that does not participate, perhaps you could encourage them to think about getting involved this year. It is a fantastic way of reaching out to people in your own community and to those in need overseas.

If you visit the OCC website (http://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/) you will not only find out more about the organisation but also find ideas and materials to help you to incorporate Operation Christmas Child into the curriculum. You can also visit the OCC Facebook page – where you will find ideas and encouragement.

If you would like to know more about OCC, contact me on (OCC_Wirral@outlook.com or 07955383692; leave a message and I’ll get back to you). We are always happy to answer questions and we have speakers who are more than happy to speak to groups, small or large, about OCC.

Patricia Hardman