Every year at Lutheran Holiday Program we aim to communicate to the children how they live in such a blessed country, Australia. We teach them about sharing God’s love by helping others in our world who aren’t as fortunate as we are.
This year we are running Operation Christmas Child and the children will be packing Christmas Shoeboxes full of gifts for children in overseas countries. We don’t expect each child or even each family to fill a shoebox, but we are hoping to work together to fill at least 125 boxes. Together we can make a difference.
The shoebox we pack will very likely be the first gift the child has ever received. Packs of pre-printed shoeboxes have been purchased so we can fill them.
How to pack a shoebox
CHOOSE BOY OR GIRL AND AGE We will fill each shoebox with gifts for a girl or for a boy Age?
FILL EACH SHOEBOX WITH SIMPLE GIFTS Include something from each of the 6 categories.
Something to wear (t-shirt, shorts skirt, cap, beanie, sandals etc.)
Something to play with (tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, etc.)
Something for school (exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpeners, eraser, chalk, etc.)
Something to love (teddy bear, doll, soft toy, etc.)
Something special (carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, stickers, necklaces, craft kits, wind up torch, a personal note, etc.)
Something for personal hygiene (soap & face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, scrunchies, hair-clips, etc.)
PRAY FOR THE CHILD We will encourage the children to pray for the child who will receive the shoebox gift and we will include a personal note of encouragement and a photo of the groups of children who packed the boxes.
Things that are prohibited:
Items that leak or melt – toothpaste, shampoo, bubbles, crayons, plasticine/play dough
Food or lollies of any kind
Used or damaged items (old clothes or second hand toys)
Breakable items (including glass, porcelain and mirrors)
Items that can scare or harm a child (Halloween, war or pirate related items such as toy guns, knives, military figures or scull and crossbones.
Gambling-related items (play money, playing cards and dominoes)
Religious literature (including tracts, Bibles)
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, click here.