Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign

Published: 03 November 2021

This Christmas season, Barratt Homes is once again supporting Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign. The housebuilder is opening the doors to its Chilmington Green Sales and Marketing Suite on Hedgers Way as a drop-off point for donations. Residents and members of the local community will be invited to drop-off their packed shoeboxes between 15th - 22nd November.

The Operation Christmas Child campaign sees local communities pack shoeboxes with gifts for deprived children located all across the world. The shoeboxes are donated, processed and shipped to vulnerable children between two and 14 years old worldwide, with contents including but not limited to toys, puzzles and essential school supplies. The charity has helped spread festive cheer to more than 178 million children in over 150 countries since the campaign began in 1990. 

Nick Cole, Director of Operation Christmas Child UK comments, “Last year despite the challenges of the pandemic, our generous supporters in the UK and worldwide combined with resourceful, determined partners overseas to deliver over 9 million shoeboxes, bringing joy and hope to children in a time of discouragement. Where necessary our partners went door to door or gathered children in household ‘bubbles’ to give out boxes safely.

“We would like to thank the many schools, businesses and individuals who have contributed to the campaign already, and we now look forward to collecting these gifts and delivering them quickly and of course safely to ensure these children can have a Christmas they deserve.”

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Kent, adds: “We are really pleased to support this initiative again after the success of our previous collections. Covid-19 has put a great strain on families’ finances both locally and abroad, and this campaign is committed to supporting children who have been affected by poverty. We are very proud to have Chilmington Green as a drop-off point and encourage members of the local community to fill a shoebox and bring it to our Sales and Marketing Suite between the 15th and 22nd November.” 

Anyone who would like to drop off a shoe box at Chilmington Green will need to follow the following steps:

·         Get an empty medium sized shoebox and wrap the lid and box separately in festive wrapping paper. Select the gender and age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 for your gift recipient, and download and attach the label to the top of your shoebox.

·         Fill the box with suitable gifts, including stuffed animals or toys, school supplies, hygiene items or clothing – further gift suggestions can be found on the website: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox/

·         Please note that due to more stringent import regulations, food items, lotions, liquids and toothpaste cannot be included alongside religious or political literature, medicines and aerosol cans. For further information about prohibited items please visit their website.

·         Make a donation of £5 towards collection, processing, shipping and training of Local Churches & Project Materials to inspect and distribute the shoe boxes.

·         Print off a barcode (you will receive this once you have made a donation) and place in the shoe box.

·         Place a rubber band around the box and drop it off at the Sales and Marketing Suite at Chilmington Green between 15th and 22nd November.

·         Chilmington Green is open 7 days a week, Monday - Sunday 10:00am - 5.30pm.

For further details about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack a shoe box, visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.

For further details about Barratt Kent visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or call 0333 355 8502.