‘Operation Christmas Child’, organised by Samaritan’s Purse, each year collects and distributes gift-filled shoe-boxes to disadvantaged children in countries around the world.
For several years from 2001, SI Solihull & District Club Members, enjoyed contributing a total of 542 boxes towards the 1.1 million shoe-boxes that leave the UK each year, destined for needy children, from the rubble of Haiti to rural villages in Romania.
In 2010, following a two year break, Club Members again began saving shoe-boxes and in August, at an enjoyable lunch hosted by Helen Clarke, 69 boxes were wrapped in colourful Christmas paper. Knitted hats, crayons, books, soft toys and hygiene items were gathered and on 4th October, following a sociable supper, 69 boxes were filled with age-appropriate gifts. A Representative from ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collected and transferred all 69 boxes to a local warehouse, where they were checked before being dispatched worldwide.
A letter from Samaritan’s Purse in February 2011 stated “ …… and thanks to the commitment of you and your group, together we sent 1.12 million gift-filled shoe-boxes ………. This is more than just an impressive statistic, it is the reality that each of those children will have been filled with joy at receiving a gift of love sent by adults that you encouraged to get involved.”