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Fill a shoe box and make a child smile this Christmas

OPERATION CHRISTMAS child is part of the Samaritan’s Purse, a registered charity in the UK and America.

In 1990, the horrendous pictures of children in Romanian orphanages inspired the creation of Operation Christmas child to give orphans in other countries a chance to enjoy Christmas.

Operation Christmas Child became part of Samaritan’s Purse in 1993 and since then has sent over 40 million shoe boxes, full of presents, to children in very poor countries, such as Eastern Europe, Mozambique, India and parts of South America.

For the last five years, shoe boxes have been sent from the Algarve, with over 1,000 boxes filled with simple gifts, being sent last year.

Would you like to be part of

this year’s appeal?

Check out the website www.samaritanspurse.uk.com for information about what gifts can be sent, as there are some that may not be allowed to be included in your box. Just click on “How to fill a Shoe Box” and follow the instructions. You will see that a two pound sterling donation is asked to cover distribution costs, which may be changed to three euros in Portugal, unless you wish to use a sterling cheque. Put your donation in an envelope on top of the gifts.

You can also pick up a leaflet about Operation Christmas child from the Shoe World shop in your area

This year, all Shoe World outlets will be saving their empty boxes for you to use and the Bombeiros Voluntários in Albufeira, Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos will be happy to receive your full boxes at their reception desks, which will then be collected by an Operation Christmas child representative.  

Your shoe boxes need to be returned before October 31.

We are extremely grateful to Cristal Villas and Pools for offering storage space while the boxes await transport. As last year, these boxes will be transported by 125 Removals to the UK, before they start their journey to needy children all over the world.

If you would like more information, please contact Gill at jtgbrhodes@yahoo.com or telephone 282 687 706 or 964 240 091.