Join the Operation Christmas Child

A MASSIVE operation is under way to bring Christmas cheer to children across the world.

Operation Christmas Child is an annual initiative run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. Participants are asked to fill a shoebox with presents suitable for a boy or a girl. These are then collected up and sent to needy children, from refugee camps in Sudan to children living in the sewers of Romania.

Schools, churches, community groups and businesses are all taking part in the annual scheme and a local collection point is once again being run from 84 Queens’ Road in Reading, next to Wesley Methodist Church.

To ensure that the shoeboxes arrive at their destination in time for Christmas, completed boxes will need to be delivered to the Reading centre for November. It can accept them from Monday, November 3, by arrangement.

Volunteers are also needed to help with collecting shoeboxes

and preparing them for distribution.

The centre is looking for help from 10am to 2pm on November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. It needs help from 2pm to 6pm

on November 10, 17 and 24, and help from 10am to 1pm

on November 22.

For more details, call Julie on 0118 986 6765.

If you are collecting shoeboxes, let us know! Send pictures of your collections to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.