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Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, a time when we exchange gifts with those we love and care about. Each year many people in our 5 villages support the work of Samaritan’s Purse by filling shoeboxes with gifts and tokens of love which are then sent to children around the world; children who we will never meet, they will never write a thank you letter, but will experience love and joy because of it.

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Shoeboxes are always given to children based on need, regardless of their background or religious beliefs. It’s an unconditional gift of love that we hope you will join in with.

On November 27th, at Gotham Church, we will collect in all your shoeboxes. If you can’t get to this service then please leave your shoeboxes in any of our local churches before November 7th or drop it off at Gotham church on any Saturday morning.

This year the organisation are committed to sending two-thirds of these boxes of love to Ukraine and the countries adjoining there who are taking in refugees. We have two Ukrainian families in Gotham who, I am sure, would be able to say how much that will mean to children who have fled their homes with a few bare essentials.

If you have problems getting hold of a shoebox then we have some flat packed shoeboxes that you can buy from us at a cost of 50p each in our five churches.
Children opening their shoeboxes with joy

On behalf of the children who will receive your gifts and the people who volunteer to deliver them, thank you.